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Dr. Dan Talks Agronomy
Dan Davidson DTN Contributing Agronomist
Thu Jun 30, 2011 03:24 PM CDT

OMAHA (DTN) -- With late-planted soybeans common this year in many areas of the Midwest, now is a good time to make your first scouting assessment.

First, note the current crop growth stage: emergence (VE), unifoliate (VC), 1st trifoliate (V1), 2nd trifoliate (V2), etc. Then look for large gaps in stands. While soybeans can compensate, it makes sense to mind the gap and figure out how to head off a potential problem next year.

If seed drop appears consistent along rows and across the field, then the gap was probably due to something else. Did the seed germinate? Cold, wet ...

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