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W. Iowa - Pat Holloway, CCA

What's the Best Soybean Planting Date?

Published on Thursday, April 14, 2016

Does tax deadline time mean it’s time to plant soybeans? Trends over the past couple of decades have shown that farmers continue to plant corn earlier as farm sizes increase and we continue to push for higher yields. On the other hand, farmers often wait to plant soybeans until later in the year. Beck’s 10-year Practical Farm Research (PFR)® data demonstrates that the highest average soybean yields were obtained when planting occurred between April 15 and May 15. So as you finish up corn planting (or if you have the ability to plant soybeans and corn at the same time) plant as soon as the opportunity presents itself to allow soybeans to take advantage of as much growing season as possible.

It is critical to ensure that environmental and soil conditions are favorable whenever you are working in the field. Planting soybeans early can be one tool to increase yield potential, but only if conditions are conducive to field activities.

Author: Pat Holloway