Double crop soybeans in Indiana

After the harsh winter, the wheat crop development in Indiana is behind the average.  Purdue extension agronomist Shaun Casteel says the crop is following a similar pattern to last year.  “Overall, it’s going to be a little bit later harvest,” he says.  “Some areas are only a week or two behind last year.  But in other areas, the wheat started to mature and got caught in this rain cycle.”

Casteel tells Brownfield farmers thinking about double-cropping soybeans after wheat, might need to reconsider.  “A lot of guys in the central part of the state and the northern part will try to double crop and I think it’s going to be a hard sell,” he says.  “It normally is, even with normal maturation.  But, certainly with a crop that’s developing a little later than normal – it’s going to be harder to plant.

Because of the slightly longer growing season, farmers in the southern part of the state, he says, have the best options for planting double-crop beans.

AUDIO: Shaun Casteel, Purdue Extension (2:20mp3)

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