Farmers get advice on soybean supply

By Tom Lollis

Soybean growers face a shortage of seed for the 2008 season because of severe drought in 2007. Preferred varieties may be in limited quantities or not available.

Pawel Wiatrak, Clemson University soybean agronomist at Edisto Research and Education Center, advised growers to buy seed as soon as possible and to decrease seeding rates.

His research on planting dates and maturity groups has shown that growers can reduce rates from about 110,000 to 55,000 seeds per acre without significant yield reduction. This will help growers to extend planted acres and reduce the cost of seeds per acre.

For more information: www.clemson.edu/edisto/soybeans/ or Pawel Wiatrak, 803-284-3343, ext. 261; pwiatra@clemson.edu.