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Four Tips for Successful Corn and Soybean Planting

January 27, 2020
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Believe it or not, it won’t be long before it’s time to kick off the 2020 corn and soybean growing season. Maximizing yield potential begins at planting, so here are some things to keep in mind in the next few weeks:

  • Start with the right genetics. Although many growers have already selected their hybrids and varieties for the year, some are still weighing their options. Growers are advised to consider the unique needs of each of their fields and work with a local seed expert to identify the hybrids and varieties most likely to succeed where they farm.
  • Adjust planter settings as needed. Growers should make adjustments to their planter between fields as needed, particularly if planting seeds that range in size.
  • Plant at the right depth. Depending on soil moisture and soil type, agronomists typically advise that growers plant corn hybrids at least 1.5” deep and soybean varieties 1” to 1.5” deep. However, taking what we learned weather-wise in 2019, a 2” planting depth for corn could lead to a more uniformed emergence and more consistent ear sets and yields.
  • Start planting when the conditions are right – even if it’s not the “right” calendar date. While it may be easy to let the calendar dictate when planting should start, growers shouldn’t begin until conditions are right. When planting corn and/or soybeans, soil temperatures should be at or near 50° F with warmer weather on the way, and the soil should be dry enough to prevent problems with unclosed seed slots.

For more information, contact your local Syngenta Sales Representative.

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