Soybean harvest really looked promising!
Last summer, the unseasonable rains began at the end of July and lasted into August. We ended up with nearly 10 inches of rain at a time when we usually get next to no rain! The soybeans were just getting growing and the added moisture allowed them to grow tall and hearty!
As they began to set on pods, though, the weather took a drastic change in Kansas. More normal temperatures and moisture levels, combined with regular Kansas winds dried the fields out quickly and sapped moisture from every plant. By early September, the soybeans were suffering.
We have no field that is irrigated. We grow dryland crops, including corn, wheat, milo and soybeans. The soybeans this year were tall and had multiple pods on each plant, but we worried that the pods were filling during the hottest, driest time of the year. Normally, the plant has little extra moisture, so it doesn't put energy into growing tremendously tall. Instead it uses the available moisture to fill the seed pods.