The broken record continues to play this week as more rain blankets the area. Strong winds and sun earlier this week allowed some farmers to get onto their sandier ground. For the majority of the area, however, farmers are now turning to insurance providers to explore prevented planting options.
For farmers who got crops planted earlier, remember it’s now time to start scouting fields. Many soil-borne pathogens strike as soon as the seed begins to take on water; others strike young seedlings. Because seeds can germinate quickly and emerge in 3 – 5 days, it’s not too soon to start walking fields. Check plant populations, evaluate stands and be on the lookout for early summer diseases. Is there a germination problem? Do you see effects of chilling or crusting?
Another topic that should now become a focus is evaluating planting conditions for soybeans. We recommend planting soybeans at a depth of around 1¼” deep. While we’ve achieved our 60 degree soil temperature needed for optimal planting, wet soils can have a detrimental impact on soybean yield. Soybeans are more delicate so it’s more difficult for them to emerge through soils that are crusted or too wet. Soybean emergence in tough environments like these can lead to low or variable stands, cotyledon loss, plant injury and even plant death. Patience continues to be key. Wait for fit conditions to plant. Cross your fingers for some good sunny drying days this week!