Drainage

Needs good soil drainage but adapts to most types of soils and conditions. Extremely drought tolerant.

Planting time

Plant from May 1 to June for full season forage production. This allows native browse to reduce browsing pressure while the forage soybean crop is establishing. In more Northern climates seeds can be planted until July 1.

Soil pH and fertilization:

Soil Ph between 5.5 and 7.0. As long as inoculant is applied, no Nitrogen is required. Soil test to determine required amounts of Phosphorus and Potassium. To maintain soil fertility, apply 50 lbs. 0-46-0 (triple super phosphate) and/or 50 lbs. 0-0-60 per acre (muriate of potash).

Planting rates

If planting with a drill or planter, plant one bag per acre. If broadcasting, seed 1.5 bags per acre. If planting for cattle forage, and not in a mixture with other seeds; plant one bushel per acre. This planting density is required to maintain small stem diameter.

Planting

Plant into firm weed free seedbed. Always spray field with a non-selective herbicide such as Roundup® before planting. You may also spray herbicides and drill in no till-situations. Plant into soils with temperatures of 65 degrees or above and cover to a depth of 1”.

Labeled Herbicides:

Preemergence

Preemergence

Tara Forage Soybean

Dual Magnum (generic=S-metachlor) is an excellent pre-emergence herbicide. Apply to a clean weed free seed bed. Following seeding, spray from 1-1.67 pints per acre for sandy to clayey soils, respectively. Dual Magnum stops grass and broadleaf weeds.

Preplant incorporated

Preplant incorporated

Tara Forage Soybean

Herbicide options include Prowl and Treflan. Spray Prowl pre-plant at 1.0 to 3.2 pints per acre or Treflan at 1 to 2 pints per acre for sandy to clayey soils, respectively and incorporate during soil preparation or immediately prior to planting.

Overtop

Overtop

Tara Forage Soybean

Apply Select (generic=Clethodim) at 8 or 16 oz/ac to control annual grasses, Bermudagrass and Johnsongrass when grasses are relatively small to medium sized.

Overtop: Apply Basagran, at any time after soybean emergence, at .75 to 1 pounds per acre to control cocklebur, jimsonweed, smartweed, velvetleaf and common ragweed.