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Wheat Harvest and Double Crop Soybeans

Published on Wednesday, June 22, 2016

As June rolls around here in southern Illinois, I start to think about wheat harvest and getting double-crop soybeans planted. It has been an interesting wheat year to say the least, but aren’t they all? In some areas of southern Illinois we dealt with stripe rust, which meant spending a lot of hours walking wheat fields in late April and early May. 

We assessed the need for fungicide applications before flowering, and hoped we could hold off until flowering began. As I write this, wheat seems to be ahead of schedule and I think many of you, especially in the southern areas of the region, will be harvesting wheat by the time you read this. If that is indeed the case, that means that you will have the opportunity to get your double-crop soybeans planted earlier than normal as well, which may be a huge plus!

Two-year Practical Farm Research (PFR)® data from our neighbors in Kentucky has shown that planting double-crop soybeans at 260,000 seeds/A. in 15 in. rows has provided the greatest return on investment. Attaining canopy closure quickly and having a high density of plants is a key to double-crop success. If you have any questions about this or any other PFR studies please contact me or any Beck’s representative for more information. As always, be safe and enjoy the growing season! 

Author: Sean Nettleton