Biologicals help farmer reel in high yields from early planted soybeans

A fifth generation Illinois farmer says biologicals have helped boost the soybean yield he is seeing from the combine this season.

John Yeley, who farms near Marshall in east central Illinois, tells Brownfield bean yields have been impressive so far.

“I actually took out two fields that I would consider marginal ground, that I planted April 6th, they were a late group two bean and they made 71 and 73 bushels per acre average across the field. I got into some of the higher production ground and I have 65 acres that made 86 bpa and another 65 that made 83.”

After working trials with NewLeaf Symbiotics the past few years, he decided to add their Terrasym product to all of his beans this year.

“The biggest thing I have seen is the extra root mass. We went out and did root digs and I tell you, it was literally double the root mass. I think that extra root mass is what’s creating the yields, helping the plant take up more nutrients. I’m not a scientist, but whatever it does, it is doing a great job of it.”

Yeley says from the corn ears he has pulled, he is happy with its progress as well and is expecting to look back on a pretty good crop year once combines go back in the shed.

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