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GM Soybeans Exceeding Expectations

GM Soybeans Exceeding Expectations

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Published by Kevin Schmiterson
Genetically, soybean varieties have a yield production that is predetermined. However, the actual yield can vary greatly dependent upon environmental conditions and management of crops. Farmers who have thoroughly studied and learned how soybeans grow and thrive can set up field practices that take advantage of the potential of certain varieties to positively impact growth rates to push towards a higher yield soybean crop.
Genetically, soybean varieties have a yield production that is predetermined. However, the actual yield can vary greatly dependent upon environmental conditions and management of crops. Farmers who have thoroughly studied and learned how soybeans grow and thrive can set up field practices that take advantage of the potential of certain varieties to positively impact growth rates to push towards a higher yield soybean crop.

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Published by: Kevin Schmiterson on Jul 05, 2012
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As of 2007, 216 million tons of soybeans were produced worldwide, with over half (58.

6%) being genetically modified, a higher percentage than any other crop grown at that time. The world's largest soybean producers are the United States (33%), Brazil (27%), Argentina (21%), and China (7%). The first genetically modified soybeans were planted in 1996 in the United States and a decade later, GM soybeans are planted in nine countries, containing a gene that effectively provides herbicide resistance. In the United States and Argentina, GM soybeans make up nearly the entirety of their soybean production with no restrictions placed on crops and a focus on high yield soybean production. Genetically, soybean varieties have a yield production that is predetermined. However, the actual yield can vary greatly dependent upon environmental conditions and management of crops. Farmers who have thoroughly studied and learned how soybeans grow and thrive can set up field practices that take advantage of the potential of certain varieties to positively impact growth rates to push towards a higher yield soybean crop. These management practices can include variety selection, seedbed preparation, planting rates, depths, row widths, and fertilization choices, decisions in pest management, including diseases, insects, and weeds, and harvesting techniques. The goal of management decisions should be geared towards minimizing crop stress. With the advance of second-generation GM soybeans, high yield soybean crops are readily available to be had. These seeds are gaining rapid acceptance among farmers across the world, with farmers in the United States now dedicating whole crops to GM soybeans. Farmers boast about finding five-bean pods with three and four bean pods becoming something of a normal expectation. Satisfaction in these higher yield performing soybeans is exploding, especially with favorable soybean commodity prices pushing profit higher, as well. The GM Soybean varieties are increasing as well, beginning with just 80 in its first year to an incredible 300 soybean varieties available in 2012. The technology delivering these incredible GM high yield soybeans is not only producing opportunity for success now, but is promising to show further value in the future. In the works are dicamba-tolerant soybeans that will give farmers another alternative to controlling tough broadleaf weeds, higher-yielding soybeans resulting from the implantation of key genes, and soybeans that will provide improved oils to be used in various food products. If you've ever been interested in soybean production and crop growing, now is the right time to get started. Opportunity is ripe.

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