What is in this article?:
- From rice to soybeans on heavy ground.
- Not an easy system but can lead to good yields.
- Mississippi producer walks you through the prep process.
GROWING SOYBEANS BEHIND rice is a challenge, says Mississippi producer Jeremy Jack. However, “if you treat it correctly, you can make it profitable.”
Planting, warns Jack, is worse than tillage.
“In that same field, we did the tillage on Monday and Tuesday. A small shower hit on Wednesday. We started planting on Thursday.
“We had to leave the bottom 20 percent of the field unplanted. It just got too late. And for the rest of the field, we had to pull the planter, a lot.”
The crew kept an extra tractor with a chain hooked to it “just to pull the planters around. We also kept some extra crew around to help clean the mud off the planters. It wasn’t pretty but we got the beans in the ground.”
Then, another small shower came in and the beans took off and began growing.
“Like I said -- there’s zero science to this madness. We had bad attitudes, we had people upset. It’s a good thing this ground is out in the middle of nowhere because the crew would have walked home if it was closer to town.”
Sweeps are also key. “The best scenario is to bed up in the fall. The second-best scenario is to knock the ruts out in the spring then row up and get a shower.
“We didn’t have those options, though. The time schedule, weather patterns were against us. So, we had sweeps on all our planters to clean out the row as we planted. We planted flat and with the sweeps it provided a little bit of a trench.”
The crew came back right before lay-by and hit it with another row-cleaner tool. “That cleaned out the middles a second time and made them a bit deeper so we could row-water.”