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What’s the Goal Behind Planting Soybeans Early?

The goal of a soybean is simple: collect as much of the seasonally available solar radiation as possible in order to use the energy of the sun to convert carbon dioxide into carbohydrates, protein, and oils. The more light soybeans can capture, the more soybeans can yield. With early planting comes an increase in canopy photosynthesis, which leads to a quicker canopy to cover the ground and maximize sunlight capture in middle of summer when it matters most.

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