Iowa farmer contends conditions matter as much as date when planting

An eastern Iowa farmer suggests planting conditions are just as important as date when maximizing yield potential.

Billie Danner of West Liberty points to a recent example.

“We can go back to 2019, we were wet, had a lot of prevent plant, and just mudded it in. And the corn did okay in that scenario.”

He tells Brownfield soybeans planted toward the end of June that year yielded 65 bushels per-acre.

“The data would show that earlier-planted beans generally yield better, but not necessarily.”

Danner is waiting for soils to warm up before planting and says in his area, as long as corn is planted before May 10th optimal yields can still be achieved.

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