University of Minnesota Extension Soybean Specialist Seth Naeve says there are two sides to seeding rates in late planted soybeans. “When you do the economics on it, we have a lower yield potential, because we are planting later. The seed costs becomes a bigger portion of total input costs,” he explains. “You could also argue farmers could reduce seeding rates and save money upfront, because of a lower potential yield. I tell farmers to hold.” Seeding rates are pretty flexible. “If farmers are really pinched and need to stretch their seed across more acres, they could probably thin things out a bit. If farmers have plenty of seed, they could probably keep their population or increase it a bit.”
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