A lot of wheat got seeded in the Elbow Lake area before the recent rain and snow event. Now, the next major decision will be what to plant next once the temperatures warm back up. Red River Marketing Company sales associate Leah Johnson says a lot of seed bed prep is already done. “The rain came very slow and pulled more frost than we knew about in the ground. There is no reason to panic, yet.” Locally, Johnson says farmers have had positive experiences with planting soybeans early. It will be on a field-by-field basis this year “It’s only mid-April, and there shouldn’t be too much concern over whether to plant corn or soybeans first,” states Pioneer field agronomist Clyde Tiffany, who covers west central Minnesota. “Traditional thinking is to plant corn first. Usually that’s true, but the ability of soybeans to tolerate cold, wet conditions with newer seed treatments really enhances the ability to plant early and get a larger more vegetative plant.” Watch the Pioneer Agronomy Update on the Red River Farm Network YouTube page.
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