Five-bean pods showing up in Ohio

Farmers and agronomists search through a Delaware County field for 5-bean pods.
With many farmers reporting five-bean pods in their Asgrow brand Genuity Roundup Ready 2 Yield fields last season, excitement has been building to see who would be the first to find a five-bean pod this season, and the wait is over! Bill Gartner of Lawrenceville, Ill., has become the first farmer to discover several five-bean pods in 2010.
Gartner planted about 425 acres of this advanced soybean technology, hoping to join the exclusive Team 5-Bean. Once a rarity, five-bean pods have now become a reality with the Asgrow brand Genuity Roundup Ready 2 Yield that gives farmers the opportunity to produce more soybeans per pod and more bushels per acre.
“Our Asgrow Genuity Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybeans were planted in mid-April so they have really taken off with the weather we have had,” said Gartner. “They are in full pod, and I have been seeing about 20 pods per plant already.”
While Gartner is excited to have found five-bean pods, he’s also looking forward to the free Asgrow Genuity Roundup Ready 2 Yield seed that he can receive for next season. As part of the Asgrow 5-Bean Pod Challenge, the first 1,000 farmers to find a five-bean pod in their Asgrow Genuity Roundup Ready 2 Yield field this season will receive five free bags of Asgrow Genuity Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybeans for the 2011 planting season. And, new this season, the first grower who finds five, five-bean pods in his or her state will win 50 bags.
Since then, five-bean pods have been found around Ohio as well.
“I would encourage you to take a look at the pod set in your soybeans and pay particular attention to RR2 Yield soybeans in 2010,” said Brian Essinger, a Monsanto Territory Manager in Northern Ohio. “I have been amazed at the number of 3 and 4 bean pods on these varieties and am still searching for that elusive 5 bean pod like the ones that have been found in Miami, Crawford, and Lorain counties.”

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