On-Farm Soybean Research Network Highlight
Posted: July 20, 2016
For this week’s report we go to Bradford County where Matt Ahern of Sheshequin Township, is hosting an on-farm trial evaluating the response of various planting rates using his no-till planter on 30” centers. The farm is a multi-enterprise business including corn, soybeans and small grains on 164 acres; “U-Pick” peaches and strawberries and egg sales that involve his wife, Kylie and their children. The farm has been entirely no-till for more than 12yrs.
Matt is part of a growing number of Northeast Pennsylvania producers growing rotational soybeans. Many growers experimenting with the crop for the first time are encouraged to consider using the corn planter as a better way to start, perhaps saving the capital investment necessary to purchase a drill if the producer is without one. Matt’s Kinze planter is rigged with a Precision Planting 20/20 SeedSense monitor used to establish the protocol planting rate in the test strips on May 27th, 2016. Study design called for replications of 50K, 100K and 150K seed drop/acre. Actual emergence measured on June 7th averaged 49.9K, 71K and 115K respectively.
Matt will harvest with a 6620 John Deere combine fitted with a 20ft head and monitor yields with an Ag Leader 3000. The evaluation at the Ahern farm is a great example of applied local research that will help many growers in NE Pennsylvania make better-informed decisions about their soybean crop.
Soybean Network On-Farm Trial in Bradford County, Pennsylvania.