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I don't grow soybeans so I know nothing about it. Some of you no-till soybean guys help me out. When you plant soybeans, do you apply fertilizer while planting? What kind of fertilizer? Do you have to apply fertilizer again later? What do you use for weed control and when do you apply it? I grow pinto beans and I'm wondering if I could no-till pinto beans in a similar way you guys do soybeans. Thanks for any info!
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Re: Soybean Planting

We don't put down any fertilizer when we plant our beans. We put all ours down for the corn the previous year. Some years we no-till some years we plant our beans conventionaly If we no-till we give the field a shot of roundup to get rid of any winter annuals. Then later in the season we will go through and use roundup once or twice more depending on conditions.
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Re: Soybean Planting

we grow all RR soys so we do a burndown before planting and then usually have to come back thru a second time. This year im gonna try growing some in 7.5" instead of 15s to see if i can get by without that second shot of roundup.
i also plan on putting down 3 gal/acre of 6-24-6 as a trial to see if it makes any difference. have heard of some guys broadcasting some potash before they plant but we've never bothered. we wanted to no-till some whites this year but were told that they wouldn't grow tall enough to clip. would pintos be the same?
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Yes, pintos would be similar to whites in that they don't get half as tall as soys. Nobody around here direct cuts dry edible beans, it's all windrowed with a one step cutter/windrower and then combined about 7-10 days later. We dammer dike all our row crop pivot ground so that would be a tillage pass through the field. I guess that technically isn't no-till but minimum till. Just not sure how to make it all work with putting on fertilizer on and putting chemical on as well. Standard practice here is to incorporate a pre-plant herbicide with a field cultivator but I'm trying to figure out ways to reduce the tillage in our bean fields. As far as I know, there are no roundup ready edible bean varieties. Anybody plant soys directly into short wheat stubble?
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We no-till directly into corn stalks without shredding them or anything. We put on some nitrogen through the pivot at flowering and then another shot at pod set. I heard that putting 5# of manganese on when you spray roundup will counteract the round up gene, boosting yields a few bushels. Has anyone tried this?
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tw35, how do you apply your fertilizer? Is it banded at planting? Thanks!
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We no-till almost all of our beans and we put down 11-52-90 for fertilizer before we plant.
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we spread it dry in the fall or spring before we plant.
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