Wheels are turning and the dust is flying in Bartholomew, Jennings, Jackson, Decatur, Ripley and other counties in SE Indiana. But Brian Bush, field agronomist with DuPont Pioneer, says growers are being patient with planting, “Planting is brisk but it is not rushed, and that is a good thing.” He added larger equipment means planting no longer takes 20 days or more, it can be done in a much shorter period of time. So even though it is the middle of May, there is no rush to get the crop planted.
He told HAT the soil is working well and weed pressure has not been an issue. In fact, things are looking so good some soybean growers are considering moving to full season varieties, “I have had several guys ask me about moving to a full season variety, but I have recommended they stick with their plan.” He said full season varieties do yield better than shorter season varieties, but he does not recommend growers plant anything longer than they are comfortable with.
Bush is recommending growers take their time and do things right, “When we open that bag of seed, it has 100% yield potential. It is when we plant the crop that things can happen to reduce yield. We have a good forecast here, let’s not rush into something just to try and finish up too soon.”
Listen to the complete interview with Brian Bush in the agronomy section of this web site and Hoosier Ag Today app, sponsored by Pioneer.