Seed manager not warming up to early planted soybeans

A product manager for an Upper Midwest seed company is not warming up to the idea of early planted soybeans. 

Dennis Schultze with Peterson Farms Seed, an independent seed company based near Fargo, North Dakota, says he cautions growers against planting soybeans early.

“Especially up here in the northern region because the seed just sits in the ground for two or three weeks and struggles to get out of the ground, and that can lead to other problems as far as phytopthora and iron chlorosis.”

He tells Brownfield most farmers in the company’s geography didn’t have the option of planting early because of a wet spring.

“So by planting into warmers soils (the soybeans) jump right out of the ground and get growing, and I think we’ve pretty much caught up to where we normally would be compared to a mid-May planting date.”

Peterson Farms Seed works with growers in the Dakotas and Minnesota.

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