Soybean Plant Population for Maximum Economic Return
Conversations about soybean seeding rates have stimulated a great deal of interest among producers in recent years. The major reason for this interest, soybean seed costs have increased rapidly as new varieties with improved traits, better disease resistance, and higher seed yields have come to the market. In addition, a few seed companies have started to sell soybean seed by the seed count rather than the traditional "unit" with no price differentiation based on seed size. For this reason many growers have started to reduce their seeding rate. Attempting to reduce production costs through reduced seeding rates is desirable, however, it is important that producers understand how low they can go and the potential risks associated with reduced seeding rates.