Soybean School: Hail management akin to planting double-crop soybeans

Soybeans – hail

When hail hits first trifoliate soybean plants in late June, should you replant?

In most situations, RealAgriculture agronomist Peter Johnson would give you the ‘thumbs down’ and tell you those plants are resilient and they’ll make a comeback. But the decision really depends on the condition of the plants, says Johnson in the latest episode of RealAgriculture Soybean School.

In this video, Johnson takes us to a field that was hit with severe hail on June 24. He explains that if individual plants are not showing new growth four days after the hail and vigour is poor, chances of a comeback are slim.

Also see: Five Keys to Double-Crop Success

From Johnson’s perspective, he says replanting in late June is akin to planting double-crop soybeans, and the crop should be managed in this manner. That means growers should use the drill, not planter; the crop should be planted in 7.5-inch rows to promote quick canopy and ground cover; seed rates should be set at a minimum of 200,000; and it’s also time to shorten up maturity.

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