COLUMBIA, Mo. — Soybean producers may need to re-evaluate their planting strategy for 2019 with wet fields caused by heavy rain and lower temperatures.

With a smaller window to get a crop in the ground, growers may consider planting soybeans with a live cover crop.

 

The University of Missouri Extension indicates that “planting in the green”, planting with a live cover crop, can yield positive results.

Some farmers prefer to cut down cover crops while they have not fully matured, causing a biomass to accumulate on the ground. This can prove to be a challenge when it comes to planting because a a thick cover crop residue can interfere with farm equipment.

Greg Luce, an Adjunct Professor with the University of Missouri Extension, states that in regions with claypan soil, land with a very high clay content underneath the surface, planting into a live cover crop may help achieve favorable field conditions.

“In areas with claypan soils, this may help the soil dry out and warm up quicker.”

However, planting soybeans into tall and thick cover crops can still prove a challenge to farmers, so appropriate adjustments to equipment prior to getting into the field is needed.