CROP NUTRITION AND SOIL HEALTH
High-quality soybeans need a good base and the right nutrients
Caring for the soil helps retain nutrients to provide soybeans a good start in the field. But sometimes growers need to add a little more to their fields to grow productive, high-quality soybeans.
Nutrients help soybeans grow
While soybeans require 14 minerals for growth, healthy soil can provide most of these. Farmers add fertilizer to increase nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, sulfur and iron to make up for the minerals the soil can’t provide. Unlike other crops, soybeans fix their own nitrogen from the soil through microorganisms living on nodules on the plant’s roots. High-yielding soybean varieties may require additional nitrogen.