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Getting Soybeans Planted Is Wet, Sloppy Work

Like many crops this year, getting soybeans planted has been wet, sloppy work, and the crop is behind. NC State Extension Soybean Specialist Dr. Jim Dunphy:

“There will probably be still some going in during July. We still have a lot of wheat that has not come out and almost all of those acres are intended to go to soybeans. Soybean prices are pretty attractive enough so I think they will even though the planting date gets into July. We are just quite a bit more behind than we typically are and its also spotty as it tends to be this time of year. Some areas have plenty of rainfall and those growers are very behind because they cant get a tractor in the field.”

And with planting all over the board, emergence is also all over the board says Dunphy:

“As wet as its been, some farmers have been able to sneak some beans in the ground and some of the stands look good, some look spotty. But in general they look good enough. They may look a little more ragged but as they get bigger the stand looks a little better. There has been some replanting with the wet weather. We’ve had more trouble with the root rot diseases.”

Speaking of disease, Dunphy says there are some early problems in beans:

“The root rots are the most serious problem and it is spotty and worse where we have beans behind beans than where we have beans behind some other crop that doesn’t support the same root rot diseases. The other thing we are seeing is kudzu bug earlier in the season than we typically do.”

Pertaining to kudzu bug, Dunphy says some fields are probably at economic threshold for spraying:

“We have very limited experience with them this early. Our best guess is something like 5 bugs per plant on these smaller plants is probably a reasonable threshold. Its an educated guess but there has to be some limit of how many bugs they can tolerate on the plant.”

Dunphy has this recommendation for immediate action on soybean fields:

“Cross our fingers and hope the weather straightens out so we can get equipment in the fields.”

Dr. Jim Dunphy, NC State Extension Soybean specialist. 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.