It started out looking like a good year for soybean yields, but lack of rain in late August and September over much of Indiana kept many soybean varieties from finishing well. Yield reports area quite variable, said Fred Kramer, agronomist with DuPont Pioneer in Clinton County, “I have heard soybean yields that range from 30 to 60 bpa in this area.” Some growers who got rain at the right time are reporting some top end yields. Kramer added the new Pioneer T series varieties handled this year’s weather stress very well, “The P28T 33R and the P35T58R both performed very well this year.”
In Clinton, Montgomery, Boone, and Tippecanoe Counties, a large amount of high oleic soybeans are produced because of the processing facility in Frankfort. Kramer says these new varieties are showing some very good yields this year, “I am really thrilled on how those turned out this year.” Kramer reported that a grower just east of Frankfort had a field of Plenish soybeans yield over 70 bpa. He said this should give growers confidence that they can get top end yield with the Plenish varieties and get paid a premium price by processors at the same time.