Soybeans were introduced on Missouri farms as a hay crop, not an oilseed crop. That started back in the dry years of the 1930s.

This year, cow-herd owners short on feed are asking about baling soybeans that won’t make a bean crop.

Rob Kallenbach, University of Missouri Extension forage specialist, answers two questions the callers do not ask.

“Before you do anything, call your crop insurance agent,” Kallenbach says. “Determine the crop-indemnity payment before cutting soybeans for hay.”