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Soybean field

Postby 11-87 Va » Thu Apr 10, 2014 9:11 am

Rumor has it that my neighbor is going to plant some soybeans in his field this year. Its been all corn in the past. Is this a good thing or bad as far as ducks and geese go? I cant do a thing about either way, but was just curious. I think he is going to keep some corn as well.
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Re: Soybean field

Postby don novicki » Tue Apr 15, 2014 6:03 pm

Me personally, I would take corn hands down over soy beans any day. Easier to hide and I think the birds prefer it.....JMO
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Re: Soybean field

Postby B.E.Nelli » Tue Apr 15, 2014 9:27 pm

don novicki wrote:Me personally, I would take corn hands down over soy beans any day. Easier to hide and I think the birds prefer it.....JMO


Unless you get both in the same field...hide in the corn, most of the dekes in the beans. Visibility is tenfold. Beans are very hard to hide in unless they leave a lot of stubble. Which most don't, cause you lose beans that way.
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Re: Soybean field

Postby i_willie12 » Wed Apr 16, 2014 8:56 am

Yup beans suck! We see what fields are getting planted in this time of year so we know what fields we cant use... Bean ground! About the only time i see birds in bean fields is in DEEP snow and they are in bean fields because normally to snow blows off of them
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Re: Soybean field

Postby 11-87 Va » Wed Apr 16, 2014 12:31 pm

I was thinking beans were gonna be a bad deal. I hope it is just a rumor. I hope he keeps it just like last year. Picked corn. The birds loved it. So there for, I loved it :wink:
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Re: Soybean field

Postby tornadochaser » Sun Apr 20, 2014 7:58 pm

I love hunting bean fields.
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Re: Soybean field

Postby 11-87 Va » Thu May 15, 2014 5:31 pm

Well, the dreaded soybean rumor is true. I checked the one section of field today and sure enough, soybeans :crying: They planted it in the part of the field that the birds really felt comfortable landing in. I never set up in this field so I won't miss anything there but I sure hope the beans don't mess up the hunting that I did have. Time will tell I guess. The good news is that there is corn in the part that I did set up in. :grooving:
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Re: Soybean field

Postby Rick Hall » Fri May 16, 2014 4:18 am

Doubt you're going to find it such a bad thing. Know when I was hunting corn and bean country Canadas, they'd be in corn at times and beans at others.
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Re: Soybean field

Postby 11-87 Va » Fri May 16, 2014 8:48 am

Rick Hall wrote:Doubt you're going to find it such a bad thing. Know when I was hunting corn and bean country Canadas, they'd be in corn at times and beans at others.


I hope your right. They sure did like to hang out in that field when in was in corn last year. It was also good for me when I hunted another near by field. I could run a little traffic when they wanted in the now soybean field. How do Mallard ducks like beans?
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Re: Soybean field

Postby KillerKowalski » Fri May 16, 2014 8:53 am

You can kill in a bean field. Regards to cover put a layout blind in a weed line or ask the farmer for permission to dig a trench for the layout to sit in. Then cover it with beans. Use the same trench for every hunt and play the wind.
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Re: Soybean field

Postby berganser » Fri May 30, 2014 7:49 pm

Nothing wrong wit a Bean Field.
I pick 2 Shells decoys, one to lay against and the other to put over my legs or so. ( I'm using 42" Goose Shells )
I've put some Full body around me or Silly 'ets to.
You can hide well enough to kill some birds.
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Re: Soybean field

Postby xtrema13 » Fri May 30, 2014 11:11 pm

The number 1 reason beans are bad is because you can't hide in them. I have seen ducks feed in beans. Killed many ducks in bean fields too. Fence lines will become your friend.


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Re: Soybean field

Postby wtrfwlr43 » Sun Jun 01, 2014 5:44 am

During the winter here the Geese hit the beans when we get a warmup otherwise they are pretty much in corn or winter wheat. If you can't dig, find a low spot in the field for your blind. Bring a rake. Go well away from your spread and rake up a ton of chaff. Stuff your blind and pile it around you. You can kill geese in beans :biggrin:
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Re: Soybean field

Postby Jimmy82 » Sun Jun 01, 2014 8:53 am

Also, you have think about crop rotation. Corn depletes a lot of nutrients from the ground, and requires lots of water to be successful. Soybeans actually put certain nutrients back into the ground and don't require as much water. He has to plant beans eventually or he'll ruin the topsoil in that field. So next year he will probably go back to corn in that field.
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Re: Soybean field

Postby 11-87 Va » Sun Jun 01, 2014 2:27 pm

After taking a closer look, there is more soybean planted than I originally though. There is some planted near some a spring that provides good cover that I used successfully last season. This is going to be interesting. At what stage of growth do the birds like to hit beans? Or do they wait till it's harvested?
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Re: Soybean field

Postby KillerKowalski » Sun Jun 01, 2014 4:13 pm

Harvested. Waste leftover is what they want.
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Re: Soybean field

Postby DuckMulisha13 » Wed Jun 04, 2014 10:15 am

We hunted a bean field all season last year, the only time we didnt get anything was when we missed. Saw birds land EVERY single time, might not have been on top of us but they def used the field. Rake that cover over you and you will be fine.

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Re: Soybean field

Postby 11-87 Va » Wed Jun 04, 2014 5:40 pm

This is starting to sound like great news :thumbsup: I can't wait :grooving:
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Re: Soybean field

Postby WIgunner30 » Sun Jun 15, 2014 12:18 pm

Pounded mallards in harvested bean fields on my farm in the past. Planted corn next to it and stood in the standing corn for a blind. Used fake ghg field corn out in the harvested beans. Was a magnet had birds dive bombing right over our heads.
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Re: Soybean field

Postby ByersFarm » Wed Jun 18, 2014 7:15 pm

The only drawback to beans is that they sour much quicker than other grains. This is not as much of a problem if it isn't flooded. Geese use soybean fields here religiously.
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Re: Soybean field

Postby 11-87 Va » Thu Jun 19, 2014 5:49 pm

It for sure will not flood due to the elevation of the field and it drains well too. The land has a good bit of roll to it. We sure could use some rain though. Beans and corn have come up well, but it needs rain now.
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Re: Soybean field

Postby razorrt5 » Sun Jun 29, 2014 5:48 pm

I agree with Byersfarm, Up in Minnesota wheat, soybean, corn are used without bias by the geese.I do know that farmers hate geese in the bean fields, they do way more harm to beans than corn
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Re: Soybean field

Postby ILgoosehunter12 » Fri Jul 04, 2014 8:33 pm

ive hunted both. but i always luck out when i hunt beans. IMO its almost impossible to hide a layout in a bean field. the times we have hunted beans there has always been some type of waterway with grass or a grass road to hide our layouts in. our snow goose pit was in beans this year. it took us some time to rake enough bean stubble up to hide but when we did it hid perfect and the decoys stood out a lot better in the beans.
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Re: Soybean field

Postby CaptainWv » Fri Sep 05, 2014 11:31 am

Weve Killed 4 and 5 man limits in soy beans, concealment is the hardest part.
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Re: Soybean field

Postby 11-87 Va » Fri Sep 05, 2014 3:21 pm

This stuff is starting to turn yellow. Very pretty. How much longer till harvest?
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