Soybeans are a daylight sensitive crop, but the warm temperatures have also pushed crop development. NDSU Extension Agronomist Hans Kandel says the growing degree days are well ahead of the norm.“We’re always talking about beans are made in August or September when the pods are forming. Well, as we are pushing, the crop will actually pull that a little bit forward. So now from the end of July into the first part of August, we will see some of the pod development which is good.” The canopy and the number of leaves on the soybean crop are more than normal for this time of the year. “The leaves are really the solar panels. So the more leaves you have, the more photosynthesis you can get. So the yield potential is there to get a good crop.”
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