I delivered some bulk 91M01 soybeans on Saturday into my buddy Frank's drill.
I then filled his seed wagon with 91Y41's. That heavy winter coat he is wearing will keep him out of the field for a day or two, but these beans will get drilled this week. He was done planting corn a week ago, so he has nothing better to do.
If you are going to plant early like Frank, make sure they are fully treated and also inoculated with a growth promotor type inoculant. We use Optimize for this purpose. Optimize will promote a vigorous soybean plant with an improved root system and faster nodule development.
Inoculant solution is sprayed with a 360 degree nozzle onto the beans as they pass through the funnel. This applies a uniform amount of inoculant onto each bean.
The main benefit to planting soybeans in early May is a bigger plant by the end of June. A bigger plant will support more flowers and hopefully more pod set.
If (??) the forcast is correct, the warmer night temperatures will be the key to getting beans off to a good start. This will hold soil temperatures above 50 degrees at night.
The evil quiz master has a skill testing question.
How many crop heat units does it take to emerge a soybean?
c. 200 +
The answer will be in the next post.