2017 Central Illinois Soybean Planting Date Study
The purpose of this study is to determine the optimum planting date window by planting multiple dates throughout the growing season.
We have observed April to be the best window for planting soybeans at the Central Illinois PFR site. However, this year we accumulated 4.18 in. of rain in April and had an average low temperature of 47.5°F, with six days reaching temperatures below 40°F. These challenging conditions led to May 9 being the best soybean planting date at this site in 2017.
12-YEAR OPTIMUM PLANTING DATE WINDOW
Planted Various | Harvested Various | Population 130,000 Seeds/A. | Row Width 30 in. | Previous Crop Corn | Tillage Fall: Chisel, Spring: Vertical-Till | Herbicides Pre: 8.5 oz. Authority® Maxx, 1 qt. Authority® Elite Post: 4.5 oz. Anthem® Maxx, 1 qt. Roundup PowerMAX® | Insecticides Escalate™ | Soil Type Sable (Silty Clay Loam) | Soil Test Values pH 6.3, O.M. % 4.3, CEC 14.8 | Percent Base Saturation Ca 66.1, Mg 15, K 2.7, H 16.3 | Parts Per Million P 26, K 155, S 3, Zn 1.7, Mn 35, B 0.4