Tips for Inoculating Soybeans for the Prairies' Spring Conditions

Should you double up on soybean inoculant? Do you go full rates of both or half? Should you worry about some sort of extender if the soybeans sit for three weeks before popping up? For farmers (and ground!) new to growing soybeans, there are several things to consider when inoculating soybeans ahead of the growing season.

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First off, inoculant is alive. Storage, handling and days-on-seed all play a role in survivability. But what happens once it’s in the soil? Should you worry about the longevity in cold soils like we typically seed into on the Prairies? RealAgriculture put that question to Dave Townsend, with BASF, to find out when double-application is necessary and how to manage for less than ideal planting conditions for soybeans on the Prairies.

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  1. We don’t have a box to put on the granular so we did liquid inoculant put on with the seed treatment and then put in the peat based one at planting. I got more than enough peat product to make sure there was lots to the point that some was in the bottom of the drill trickling down the seed tube. There were nodules on the main root and they did spread out 1-2″ to the sides so it appears it worked. Peat is also much less cost than granular.

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