Tips for planting corn and soybeans

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Updated: May. 21, 2021 at 6:15 PM CDT
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) -Corn planting is almost complete while soybean planting is at 71%. According to the United States Department of Agriculture Statistics Service, the week of May 16, only yielded five days suitable for fieldwork.

“In the past couple of weeks, we have had pretty good plenty conditions. This last week, we had a lot of rain, so there were not many planters in the field. We hopefully can good conditions so planters can finish,” said Chuck Burr Crop Management Extension Educator West Central Research and Extension Center.

Some planters chose to plant their corn acres first followed by their soybeans.

“We have actually had some research that indicates planting soybeans at the same time or before corn can yield crops and higher profitability,” said Burr.

Experts say delaying too long in early May can affect your bean yield.

“We want the soybeans green to the eye by the fourth of July,” said Burr.

Nebraska’s West Central Research Extension Center is working with drones to apply pesticides in very small quantities.

“The drone determines where the weeds are at and only sprays the weeds. This reduces the amount of pesticide we apply to the environment,” said Burr.

Corn planted was 86%, a slight decrease from last year, but ahead of 77% for the five-year average. Emerged was about 34%, which is slightly behind last year’s number but also near the 35% average.

“We have had a cool spring this year, which has delayed the corn planting,” said Burr.

Soybean planted was about 71%, close to the number in 2020, but significantly ahead of the 46% average. Emerged was about 16%, behind from last year, but ahead of the 11% average.

“It is always a challenge for our local producers to whether it is too hot or too cold too wet or too dry, so they make those decisions based on what is going on in the season and kind of adjust on the fly.”

Topsoil moisture supplies were roughly 6% short, 72% adequate and 2% surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 8% very short, 29% short, 62% adequate and 1% surplus.

“A week ago, we were starting to get a little dry in topsoil in terms of how much moisture was available. We got some rain in the last couple of days to help develop those soybean plants,” said Burr.

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