Soybean planting season is off to a good start despite recent cold weather

Published: May. 8, 2017 at 11:25 AM CDT
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It is an important time of the year for farmers who are hoping for a successful season.

Many farmers have started planting their crops. The season started out promising, but Nebraska recently saw rain and cold weather. This weather caused many people to stop planting.

“That cold, wet weather slowed things down,” said Drew Guiney with the Nebraska Soybean Board, “but, overall, we’re still ahead of schedule.”

According to the latest crop report, 8 percent of the soybean crop has been planted. Last year, only 2 percent of soybeans were planted at this same time.

“Now that the weather is nice again, I think a lot of farmers want to get back in the field as soon as possible.”

Guiney says many farmers will wait to head back to the fields. He says the soil will need to dry out, and soil temperature will need to reach at least 50 degrees before planting can continue.

“Waiting is the best policy,” said Guiney. “There are some small things you can do, but most people don’t want to disturb the soil. They’re going wait for Mother Nature to run its course.”

Despite the slow start, Guiney says he’s optimistic about the remainder of the season.

“As long as we get rain sporadically throughout the season, we should be in good shape.”

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