Lazy Beans
24 Aug 237 min 14 sec

Three straight years of beans on beans in this field and no #sendIt program allowed? Temple thinks these beans are just getting lazy now.

00:00 So here we are. We're scouting soybeans today. You know, um, we're, we're seeing some damage here. 00:06 I was going away to ag PhD and had somebody else come in and spray it, and I don't know what was in the tank or whatever, 00:13 but we got some leaves that are damaged. It kind of, it shut down the growing points, um, on these plants. These plants should still be, you know, producing some blossoms. 00:23 This particular field is, this is the third year beans on beans. So last year my dad asked me if we could grow. 00:32 He's got an irrigation system set off in the background. Um, he wanted to produce beans on beans. 00:37 We wanted to see if we could produce a big yield on that. So we did a 10 acre tryout here last year for gro. This particular farm, 00:44 this particular field, um, he had a little bit of chicken litter on it, not much. Um, we strip tilled, um, 00:52 anhydrous pneumonia. Um, it was something that we tried quite a few years back, and we think in high yield situations, we actually can, um, boost, 01:02 yield a fair amount by using that. Uh, I know that there's a ton of naysayers out there about anhydrous pneumonia. Um, and when you start talking about NH three, you know, we're killing the bacteria, 01:12 the, the, the biological activity in the ground. And all of those things are true, but we're buffering some of that load, and we're trying to take some of that out. 01:20 What we think is we're getting a lot of late season nitrogen into that. Out of that NH three is so not volatile, I should say. Um, in, in situations like this. So we, you know, we buried the NH three. 01:35 We didn't put out big amounts of it. We're talking about 60 to 80 pounds, you know, and we've all talked about high yield and soybeans. You know, 01:42 people wanna drive nitrogen into that plant, late season, blah, blah, blah. And all of those things are true, 01:49 but can we actually get 'em into a plant? How does plants take things up the best? They take 'em up through the root system. We started putting in, um, 01:56 anhydrous down and we put it underneath the plants, and then we plant it on top of them. And we think, you know, we don't have a massive root system that reaches down there at eight inches 02:06 thick or eight inches deep. Um, but the root system that we do have finally kind of gets a taste of that anhydrous, a little bit of that neurogen, which is very, 02:16 very readily available at that point. And by that point, my biology's back going again. 02:21 All the things that we're doing to buffer that with seacat and sugars and some of the other stuff. So what I'm telling you is, is, um, 02:28 there's more to this and there's a lot to be learned and we're still learning. But what I'm out here doing today is, is, you know, I, we're digging up roots. 02:36 I'm out here in the middle of the field, um, and we got some that are down and some that aren't. So I dug some roots up, you know what I mean? This is what the plants look like. Um, 02:45 there's a branch that broke off. We have tons of that. Um, the root system looks good, you know, 02:51 but this has been beans on beans for now three years. So between that and us putting Anhydrous down, in my opinion, we've made that these plants are kind of lazy. 03:03 They, they don't need to search for nitrogen as much. So, you know, the nodules that it's, I'm not seeing the nodules on here. 03:09 These were double inoculated. Um, we inoculated 'em in furrow and on the seed. So there's a lot of things that we've done here. But, you know, 03:18 one of the things that we do, we get a big grossly plant. Um, we get a lot of branching from that. Um, 03:24 the pods that are on this thing, we're not getting the amount of pods now. So, you know, two years in a row, we did this one for Asgrow last year, 03:33 and the 10 or trial out here was somewhere 1 25 ish or something like that irrigated situation. It was a really good crop this year. There's no way we're nowhere near that. We're not even close. 03:45 I don't even know if we'll break, you know, 90 bushel to be totally honest with you. Um, in this particular situation, and my, this is one of my father's farms, 03:54 so he chose to not put a bunch of extra stuff on. We kind of put a little bit of chicken litter on. We're within our nutrient management plan. Put a little bit of anhydrous on. 04:03 We kind of let him go. We treated him with a couple micronutrient packs, but nothing crazy. We didn't do anything. 04:10 This is real world production of what he wants to try to achieve out here. So three years, beans on beans, it's tough. Um, 04:20 I, I don't know how to overcome it. I, I kind of wish that he, he, he cut me loose on it, but, uh, he's tired of me spending his money, um, 04:28 you know, with send it here and send it there. So we're not doing that this year in this particular situation. This is strictly real world. So, I mean, 04:36 if we get 75, 80 bushels out here and he hasn't, um, if the return on investment is much greater by not doing that. So anyway, this is what we got. This is the situation we're in. 04:49 The reason I dig up roots this time of year is because of one reason. So I'm digging 'em up and I'm looking for the amount of nodules on there. 04:58 'cause I'm trying to see, do we have enough nitrogen in that plant to fill all these pods up. Um, in this situation, I know that there's, there's anhydrous down there, 05:07 so I'm not particularly worried about it. As badly as I would be in a situation where they got to this stage, they have adequate amount of pods on 'em. 05:16 I don't know what the pods are on that plant. I have no idea. Um, this, this field here was planted at 145,000. 'cause that's what he wanted 'em at. 05:26 Um, I particularly think that that's way, way too thick. Uh, I like to be more around that a hundred to 90 to a hundred area on 05:34 irrigated beans. I can make 'em branch out. I can get a lot more air in it. The problem is when we put, when we start irrigating early, 05:42 we get this massive plant and it starts to fall down. Now we, we have problems with that all the time. I'll, 05:48 not a lot of hope for these beans, in my opinion, um, they're great beans for what they are. This is a, you know, kind of a com quote unquote commercial setting, real 05:57 World setting. Um, the application that was just put on them, I won't be able to come in and put another, um, R five pass us on. I, 06:05 I would generally come back in here at R four ish, um, in the R five about at this point. And I would stimulate this plant and I would make it, um, set a whole nother, 06:18 uh, set of blossoms. Blossoms equal more fruiting positions. More fruiting positions, equal more pods. 06:24 More pods equal more beans equals more yield. We've been able to manipulate that over the years. But in this situation, what happened was, 06:32 is when they came in and they made that application when I was going away, um, it wasn't a, it wasn't me that did it, it was a, 06:38 it was another company that did it. Um, they damaged it enough, you know, with, with, with setting it back. You know, 06:44 we got some of this damage on these leaves. Some of these leaves were crinkled up and stuff. I don't know exactly what was in it, 06:50 but they basically stopped the growing point. And when you stop the growing point, there's no more hope. You gotta kind of sit back and relax and, you know, hope for the best. 06:58 And we're gonna see what happens here. But three years, beans on beans, um, we're growing, but we're not there yet. Seasoning.

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