Thin soybeans – Eastern Ontario update

Submitted by Clare Kinlin, Sales and Agronomy manager, Eastern Ontario

The planting conditions for soybeans were generally ideal early in the spring but in Eastern Ontario drier weather and variable field conditions have created dry seed beds in some areas of the field. The best method for evaluating your stand is with a Hula Hoop. I like this method best as it is easy and quick to do. Randomly through a hoop (take 2 it is quicker) into your stand and count the emerged plants in the hoop. The size of the hoop will determine the population of the stand. There are several charts available to determine the actual population. Soybeans unlike corn we generally do not do a total replant but rather “thicken the stand”. I personally like using a corn planter to do this as does less damage to the existing stand.

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