By Emily Unglesbee
DTN Staff Reporter
ROCKVILLE, Md. (DTN) — Many soybeans will be planted in June this year, after persistent rainfall has delayed planting across the Soybean Belt.
The good news is June-planted soybeans can thrive, given the right production practices. Here we’ve pulled together the latest research and recommendations from Extension scientists on how to adjust maturity group, seeding population, row spacing, seed treatments and which pests and diseases to brace for in late-planted bean fields.
Don’t rush to switch maturity groups just yet. Most university research shows that full-season varieties for most regions are still the best option in early June, in terms of yield potential. “This is because they produce a larger crop canopy before beginning to flower and have a longer timeframe to flower, set pods and fill seed,” explained Michigan State University Extension soybean educator Mike Staton, in a university article on late soybean planting.