He Didn't Inoculate These Soybeans. Now What?
3 Jul 244m 27s

Matt Miles made a big mistake. He failed to inoculate these soybeans, leading to stunted growth and yellowing beans at the R2 stage. He talks about how is correcting his mistake and salvaging this soybean crop.

00:00 I really, really, really hate to do these kind of videos. You know, you hear us talk a lot about, you know, things 00:12 that we do that end up are right or, you know, close to right or whatever. But every now and then, it seems like we do things 00:18 that are absolutely wrong. As you see behind me here, these beans, they've got a little puy yellow color to 'em. 00:24 They're kind of stunted looking. They're gonna be R two beans and, uh, this don't look that good. 00:30 And I pulled in this field yesterday, part of it's my fault, maybe I should have been out here earlier, 00:34 but most of the time you don't catch this until about R one or R two pulled in the field. 00:38 Yesterday I called Lane and immediately and I said, uh, I think we've done messed up a little bit. And he said, what's that? And I said, 00:44 these beans here on this fields that hadn't been in beans for I don't know how many years, I said, 00:49 we didn't inoculate 'em. And, uh, I thought, I don't think we're gonna have any, any nitrogen balls, is what we call 'em, you know, 00:54 to produce an nitrogen for the soybean crop. You know, there's times in your life when you just feel like a, a complete idiot. 01:00 I kind of felt that way here. You know, a lot of people put out an inoculate every year. We've done it both ways. 01:05 We rotate so much that, you know, if you rotating beans normally you don't have to have it. We hadn't seen a big yield bump by putting it out 01:12 where we're doing the heavy rotation back into soybeans. So that's just not something we do on a regular basis. 01:17 This is a new farm that we rented this year, predominantly a cotton farm. We've got quite a bit of cotton on it 01:22 and, uh, we're trying to implement some rotation into this farm. So there's a couple of fields here. 01:27 I think we've got six bean fields here, and there's two of them that have probably never been in beans. 01:31 I'll have to go back, get the history on them maybe, and see, but I learned this the hard way when I was about 25 years old. 01:37 And all we did was farm cotton. And then we started trying to rotate into beans and do some different things. 01:42 And, uh, I found this out the hard way. Then when I say hard way, I should say expensive way, because we can fix this problem. 01:49 This is not gonna be a problem. That's, that's not gonna be, uh, fixable. It's just going to fix my pocketbook when I do it. 01:56 So the problem is, we planted the beans. We didn't inoculate 'em. They're not producing nitrogen balls 02:01 to sustain their blooms and, and their yield. Like I said, it can be fixable. So yesterday when I come out here 02:06 and I dug, I immediately got outta the truck with my shovel and dug the roots. I dug roots here. I went over to the field back here 02:12 that's been in beans several times. And, uh, I feel more like an idiot after I'd done the digging than before I'd done the digging. 02:17 But I dug these up yesterday. There was a nitrogen ball or two on there. I guess you'd call 'em nodules is the, 02:23 is the right correct term. But I knew then that we had a problem. Fortunately on this same farm. 02:28 We had just got through putting out our side dress on cotton and immediately had the tractor come back 02:32 and put, uh, I think I put 14 gallons. So that'd be right at 45 units of, uh, nitrogen. We wide drop, you know, 02:40 the same thing we do on cotton first Sidedress. We came back, did it on the soybeans. I think that will be all we'll have to do. 02:45 The previous time I'd done this in my earlier years, you know, we put out half of what the recommended rate was. We got the beans to go ahead 02:52 and produce some pretty high yield. So it is fixable, but it's just something stupid I'd done by not thinking ahead on a new farm. 02:59 If this wasn't a new farm, it would've been in bees before, just like the rest of our fields. We come in here, we got a dry spell. 03:05 We was able to plant a lot of these fields that, you know, back here that, that I was scared might be this time 03:10 of the year before we'd get 'em planted. We got 'em planted, we got excited. We didn't take time to realize, hey, you know, we needed 03:16 to inoculate the beans. I knew that lane really didn't know that he hadn't had enough experience to know that. 03:21 I guarantee you that after this year, he will have learned that because he is gonna have to write a check for half 03:26 of the cost of the nitrogen to make these beans go to full yield potential. I guess he'll think old dad 03:30 for his pocketbook being less than it was when we started this. But we always like to show you the bad 03:35 things as well as the good things. And I promise you this is not a good thing. So make sure when you're, you know, 03:41 when you're getting ready to plant soybean field, if it hadn't been in beans in in several years, inoculant on the beans, definitely pays. 03:47 It probably cost me $5 an acre. Uh, not even gonna tell you what the nitrogen's gonna cost me to replace that 03:53 because I really feel embarrassed. But, uh, it will still ROI, the landlord should be happy because he gets percent rent, 03:59 but, um, it's just still ROI fine, but it's just gonna cost us a little more money to make this bean crop. 04:04 So it's kind of a test plot. I like test plots. That's what we do at Extreme Ag. So we have a non inoculated field here 04:10 that hadn't ever been in beans and forever that, uh, we're applying nitrogen to. So we get to use our wide drops. 04:17 We get to do some pretty cool things that just cost us a lot of money. Hopefully next year I'll remember this.

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