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Soybean Planting on Target Despite a Slow Start

Just say 'late' and that pretty much sums up this growing season thus far. NC State Extension Soybean Specialist Dr. Jim Dunphy says while full season soybeans got started late, planting is just about caught up:

“They were and we have a lot of soybeans in the ground. We are probably about up to normal or even just ahead. A lot of beans went into the ground the last two weeks of May and most of the full season beans are in the ground. The double crop beans are waiting for the wheat to come off and that should be the latter half of June for the most part."

There we go with that word 'late' again…winter wheat is anticipated to be about two weeks late, but Dunphy doesn’t think it's going to affect soybean acres that much:

“I don’t think it will affect the acreage much. The vast majority of those fields that are in wheat were also planning to be in beans come the 4th of July. It may not make it by that date, but they will probably still go to beans. Those were bean fields in the first place, the question or not is whether they put wheat in."

Regarding insect pressure on early emerged soybeans, Dunphy says bugs are out there the question is how much damaged they're causing:

“The brown marmor and the stink bug are more prevalent in Virginia than here. If we were out looking we may find some in NC, but we are not aware of a wide spread problem. We do have a bunch of kudzu bug in a lot of places. We don’t know that they are causing a lot of damage, but I say that tongue-in-cheek. We don’t have much experience with kudzu bugs showing up this early in the season."

As far as other insect or disease pressure, Dunphy says nothing widespread thus far:

“Not in general. The problems we are seeing, with the exception of the kudzu bug, are not very widespread. Nothing that has raised an alarm or red flag, knock on wood."

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.