Soybean School: Bean Cam app helps make replant decisions

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Nobody likes counting soybean plants to determine whether a field needs to be replanted.

It’s never fun, but it’s now easier thanks to the Bean Cam phone app. On this episode of the RealAgriculture Soybean School, University of Wisconsin-Madison soybean extension specialist Shawn Conley explains how growers can use the app to do quick and simple stand counts to determine whether replant is required.

The Bean Cam app was developed by the University of Wisconsin-Madison with support from the Wisconsin Soybean Marketing Board. The app is free to download and after some simple phone camera calibrations you’re ready to go to work. Conley says using the app is easy: just select a field and name it; enter the row spacing; identify the growth stage; and then line up the lines on the camera with the soybean rows and walk around and snap photos.

The app will give you an estimated stand count (plants/acre); estimate the percentage of maximum yield the field will produce; and estimate the number of seeds that should be replanted. The app will also estimate how much your yield will increase if you follow its replant recommendations.

Click the following links to download Bean Cam for Android or iPhone. You can check out soybean research conducted by Conley and his team at www.coolbean.info.

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