RealAg LIVE! with Matt Chapple on soybean planting planning


Patience is a virtue, especially at planting time.

For this episode of RealAg LIVE! host Kara Oosterhuis is joined by PRIDE Seeds’ market agronomist Matt Chapple to talk soybean establishment, planting depth, weed control, avoiding chilled seeds, tillage prep, and so much more!

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  • Three types of soybean growers: no-till, min-till, and conventional
  • How does each adapt to the season; from early weed control, to planting dates
  • Zero or strip-till: how important is residue management the fall before? Important!
  • What about herbicide-resistant Canada fleabane? There are some solid products
  • Soybeans were traditionally left to scavenge for P & K
  • So important to plan ahead for P & K in soybeans. Use those corn and wheat years
  • Lessons learned from 2020. End of April, quite dry, quick melt, but cold soils, cold nights, and cold rains
  • Ended up tough on beans. Should have pushed the window in dry conditions as long as the first 48 hours after planting are warm/dry/OK
  • Consistent depth is key
  • Watch for hair-pinning of residue in less than ideal settings
  • Avoid that first cold drink of water — puts a real chill on yields (see what we did there)
  • Lighter soils 120-140,000 populations can work, but other soils and early June
  • Variety and soil type and tillage sandwich: 150 to 160 on 15″ rows is a nice sweet spot
  • White mould risk! Wider rows
  • Flex varieties
  • Fixed, lower pops, 160 to 180 plants per acre
  • Cooler soil, wetter, must consider seed treatment — super valuable (root rots, SDS)
  • Premature death is no good, kids
  • Sudden death syndrome connected to soybean cyst nematode
  • White mould usually happens in lush canopies and can spread quickly in-season
  • Inconsistent seeding depth, not deep enough (not into moisture), skips and misses
  • Trials for 2021! Fertilizer questions, third year in some fungicide trials
  • Be patient!

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