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The Tunica Times • P.O. Box 308/986 Magnolia Street, Tunica, MS 38676

Midseason showers help soybeans

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- July rains hold a special place in soybean growers’ hearts – and in their pocketbooks.

“July is typically a very hot, dry month, but it’s also one when soybeans still need water to grow and fill out pods,” said Trent Irby, soybean specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service. “There have been some exceptions, but most growers have been lucky to get some showers to help their crops along.

“It’s difficult to put an exact value on timely rains, but during this part of the season, they can mean the difference between reaching yield goals and seeing drastic reductions,” he said.

Rains made planting season a challenge, especially for corn fields, where some growers had to switch to soybeans that can be planted later. Mississippi growers planted slightly more soybeans than originally planned, about 2.05 million acres for 2016.

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