Corn Planting Wrapping Up, Time to Talk Soybeans

By now we’re usually well into soybean planting, but this year the weather and the calendar can’t agree. Corn planting is just wrapping up here at the end of May, and Aaron Alexander, field agronomist for DuPont Hybrid in North Carolina says right now the state’s corn crop has some issues:

“I wish we were talking about soybeans, this time of year we should be. The problems we see right now in corn are herbicide injury, nematode damage, nutrient deficiency, and we are still seeing some cool conditions that is stressing the corn more than usual. The problems we see every year are much more exaggerated.”

Alexander explains there’s been some instances of replanting of corn:

“They have been mostly stand situations. Some didn’t have the planter set correctly after getting soybeans in last year, some planted to high of a population. There has been some we seed rotting in the ground.”

And while soybean planting has begun, Alexander says a good many acres are waiting on wheat:

“By the end of the week we wont see any more corn going into the field. Soybean planting has started toward the east and we are up to 15-20% in the ground. We will be waiting a good bit of it on double crop, till the wheat is out fo the field.”

The eastern winter wheat crop is anticipated to be as much as two weeks late, Alexander says that could change some double cropping decisions:

“Some will start looking at sorghum, but they will have to look at the maturity level of both sorghum and beans, both could run into a fall freeze. Its not the crop you are planting but more important is the maturity of that crop.”

Field agronomist for DuPont Pioneer, Aaron Alexander. is dedicated to serving the agricultural industry in the Carolinas and Virginia with the latest ag news, exclusive regional weather station readings, and key crop market information. The website is a companion of the Southern Farm Network, provider of daily agricultural radio programming to the Carolinas since 1974. presents radio programs, interviews and news relevant to crop and livestock production and research throughout the mid-Atlantic agricultural community.