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December 18, 2006

For N.C. soybean growers, less really is more

Over the last five years, North Carolina soybean growers have been putting fewer seeds in the ground yet harvesting roughly the same amount of soybeans.

The result, as one might expect, is a healthier bottom line. Indeed, Dr. Jim Dunphy, a soybean specialist at North Carolina State University, estimates that soybean growers statewide made about $26 million more in 2006 than they would have had they continued doing what they were doing in 2001.

It was Dunphy, a North Carolina Cooperative Extension specialist in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at N.C. State, working with Extension agents across the state, who persuaded growers that they could reduce seeding rates while maintaining yields.

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Posted by Dave at December 18, 2006 02:30 PM