TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - Soybean farmers in Tippecanoe County may have green stem syndrome in their fields during harvest.
Harvest time is here for soybean farmers around the state, but for many fields, soybean stems are still green. Green stems during harvest season can make it difficult determining when to harvest the crop.
Purdue Soybean Extension Specialist, Shaun Casteel, said it's known as green stem syndrome. He said excess moisture and weather stress helped create this problem.
"So now we have a plant that has all this reservoir, this supply and it's supposed to be redistributing in the pods and seeds. Now its redistributing to the stems themselves," said Casteel.
Green stem syndrome in soybeans is not only a problem here in Tippecanoe County, but it's also a problem around the state of Indiana.
"It's kind of here and there across the state. It really depends on the conditions they had in August and September," said Casteel.
Casteel said farmers need to look for the brown coloring on the pods to determine the best time to harvest. He suggests farmers to harvest slowly to prevent damage to the combine tractors.
"Taking your time. A lot of folks, a lot of machinery can't handle the tough stems, so you really need to slow down. If you go a little faster, like maybe you're used to in drier soybean stems, you can get the combine clogged up," said Casteel.
Even though we are seeing green stem syndrome this year, Casteel said it's not as bad as last year.
"The biggest thing for growers is whenever they're going out, scouting the fields to see if they're ready, if they see a field that looks like this, go ahead, get out and test the pods themselves to see if they're dry or not, " said Casteel.
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