Excessive moisture at planting time followed by dry conditions can occasionally cause soil crusting during the spring. This challenging environment can be especially difficult for obtaining a consistent soybean stand.
The objective of this study was to determine the potential benefits of increasing soybean seeding rates to increase stand establishment and subsequent yield potential in challenging, wet field conditions.
Figure 1. Weather conditions at the Gothenburg Learning Center from May 15 to June 30, 2021.
Figure 2. Average soybean yield resulting from six seeding rates at the Bayer Water Utilization Learning Center in Gothenburg, NE.
Here are some key takeaways from this study: