Momentum building for early soybean planting

Momentum is building for planting soybeans early.

DEKALB Asgrow agronomist Andrew Penney covers southwest Iowa and says this will be year three of encouraging growers to plant early.

“If we do have those days, you know April 5th through 10th where the environment is warm, things look good, get the bugs out of the planter. Maybe get one field of corn in with a hybrid that you know has really good early season emergence, but then switch to beans.”

He tells Brownfield the yield bump for corn planted April 10th compared to April 25th is not that significant.

“Whereas, if a grower were to go out and plant soybeans April 10th and we do have two weeks of warm weather, you might actually see a yield increase. So yeah, I’m definitely a big proponent of planting beans before corn.”

Penney says soybeans seem to handle wet and cool conditions better and using seed treatments can help reduce early season disease pressure.

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