The continued dry weather in Missouri is a concern for all crops, pastures and livestock. Dale Ludwig, CEO of the Missouri Soybean Association, says the extreme dryness right now is early for the growing season, affecting the soybeans already planted.
“It’s certainly very serious as far as trying to get soybeans up because a stand – the beans that are there certainly need water in order to grow,” he says, “Once you get them up, though, soybeans are pretty resilient.”
The sooner, it can rain Ludwig tells Brownfield Ag News, the better.
Another concern, with wheat coming out of the fields is double crop beans which Missouri growers normally grow a lot of, “One of the things that makes you hopeful on double crop beans,” he says, “Is there’s enough moisture there that when you plant, the beans will come up right away. And, that certainly is not the case right now.”
Late planting and replanting are options – the typical plant-by dates in Missouri are July 10th through July 15th – but Ludwig says it all depends on soil moisture.
“If there’s no moisture, heck, you’re at the mercy of getting a rain and sometimes in July… If we think May and June are hard to get rain, July tends to be even harder,” Ludwig says.
Right now there’s uneven emergence in a lot of soybean fields.
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