We received some spotty rainfall showers during the week with a heavy downpour coming thru on Monday August 4 that left areas between Ellendale, Owatonna and Blooming receiving almost 2” of rain in a short time frame. Rain showers during the week were very spotty with some areas receiving no rainfall during the week.
Soybean plant development is from Beginning Pod, (R3- Pod is 3/8”long at one of the four uppermost nodes on the main stem) to Full Pod, (R4-Pod is 3/4” long at one of the four uppermost nodes on the main stem). On some early planted early maturing varieties we are starting to see some beans that are Beginning Seed (R5- Seed is 1/8” long in the pod at one of the four uppermost nodes on the main stem.)
Staging soybean plants can be frustrating due to the fact that soybean plants can have nodes on the plant that can be beginning to bloom (R1), full bloom (R2), beginning pod (R3), full pod (R4), to beginning seed (R5).