Misery seems to enjoy company. My buddy Paul Sullivan from the Ottawa Valley tweeted a picture of soybean emergence amid heavy corn stalks. It looks a lot like my field.
Yep, those are beans on top of the ground. And some are still germinating after .5 in of rain last Wednesday.
None of these fields are candidates for replanting, but when the goal is to produce high yielding crops, uniform emergence is a very good starting point.
This field is enlightening. Fall plowing on the left and no- till on the right. Excellent emergence on the left, less than excellent on the right.
Planting depth of beans on the left averaged 2". Those on the right averaged 1" or less. It is not complicated. The deeper planted beans in the conventional tillage were put consistently into moisture. The no-till beans were planted shallower and did not consistently find moisture.
Many farmers have an inherent fear of planting too deep. Usually based on one or two experiences with deep planted crops that did not emerge. There is far less fear of planting shallow. My years of experience have taught me that problems created from planting too shallow out number the problems created from planting too deep by at least 5 to 1. And I still planted too shallow. That is the definition of dumb.
The best beans this spring are those planted into conventionally tilled ground. It seems that at this point there was no such thing as too much tillage.
But the secret is not tillage. It is placing seed uniformly well into the moisture line. Even when that line is two inches.
Coming back to my field by the warehouse. The story is far from over. The worst spots are close to the road. The majority of the field is very acceptable. As Horst Bohner says, the month of August makes beans. Differences in June do not always mean much in the soil types of Perth county. That is the unique thing about soybeans. They do not punish us for our spring mistakes like other crops do. Part of the reason why bean acres outnumber corn acres.