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Missouri soybean farmers get yield prediction tool

Missouri soybean farmers get yield prediction tool


By Blake Jackson

University of Missouri Extension brings good news to soybean farmers in Missouri! A new tool developed by Andre Froes de Borja Reis, the state soybean specialist, can predict soybean growth and anticipate yield variations before harvest.

This innovative tool utilizes crop growth models to simulate soybean growth across Missouri's diverse regions. It factors in both historical and current weather data to provide valuable insights.

"Soybean Growth Monitoring reports Will inform farmers about how weather and growing conditions in 2024 are impacting soybean development and potential yield," explains Reis. "The reports can indicate if the 2024 season is trending towards a higher yield compared to past years, or if adverse weather might affect yield months before harvest."

The tool uses a relative scale, comparing current predictions to a "normal" yield baseline established through 40 years of simulated weather data using modern soybean varieties. This approach provides a clearer picture of potential deviations.

Developed from the DSSAT model (created by the University of Florida and adapted for Missouri by Reis' team), the tool empowers farmers to make informed decisions during the growing season. "This can include deciding on late-season management practices like fungicide application or micronutrient use," says Reis. "Additionally, the tool predicts harvest maturity, allowing farmers to plan harvesting operations in advance."

These beneficial reports are available twice a month for Missouri's five regions (northeast, northwest, central, southwest, and southeast). This regional focus ensures targeted information for farmers across the state.

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