High Yield Soybean Study

Harvesting soybeans

Key Points

  • #1 ROI in 2022: Our high yield soybean program has made the Top 10 multiple times at the PTI Farm, and took the top spot in 2022.
  • Banding all the way: In 2022, banded fertilizer rather than broadcasted fertilizer led to a net return of +$10.00/A.
  • Great yields: 110.7 Bu/A is our record from 2020. In 2022, our highest return was 101.0 Bu/A.
  • Seed size and planting date: Strip-till has been effective for us to dry the fields out and get soybeans planted early, and we have also seen a correlation between seed size and yield.

Looking to drive higher soybean yields?

We've learned a few things at the PTI Farm when it comes to growing high-yielding soybeans. In fact, our high yield soybeans have regularly made the PTI Farm's list of top 10 return-on-investment studies.

"We recently surveyed growers and found that almost 75% of growers aren’t applying starter fertilizer to soybeans. This seems like a big opportunity."

Jason Webster

Commercial Agronomist

In 2022, we actually saw the most 4-bean soybean pods we’ve ever seen at the PTI Farm (or anywhere, for that matter!).

In this collection of studies, we’re sharing our full protocol for high-yield soybeans from various years, tools and strategies you can implement to potentially increase soybean yield on your farm, the data we’ve discovered from each year of our high yield soybean program (which has regularly given us over 100 Bu/A soybeans), and more.

Check out the leaf size difference we’ve seen as a result of this program:

An image showing larger leaf sizes from the high management soybean program at the PTI Farm

Comparison of Trifoliate Soybean Leaf Size

An image showing the impact on soybean growth by using banded fertilizer with Conceal

At-Plant Nutrition with Dual-Band Conceal

High Yield Soybean Study Results

In-Depth Study Videos

InsidePTI S4•E02

High Management ‣ Soybean

InsidePTI S3•E02

High Yield ‣ Soybean

InsidePTI S2•E50

High Yield ‣ Soybean

InsidePTI S2•E07

High Yield ‣ Soybean

InsidePTI S1•E21

High Yield ‣ Soybean

Study Details 

Study data collected 2019-2022 at the PTI Farm in Pontiac, IL.

Planting DateVaried By YearRotationBAC
Row Width30"Population120K-130K
Corn Prices

2022 - $13.96

2021 - $11.98

2020 - $9.75

2019 - $8.68


2022 - GH3244XF

2021 - GH3192XF

2020 - GH3546X

2019 - Asgrow 36X6

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