Steve Bailie, Latham regional sales manager in Wisconsin recently shared the below photos of soybean fields in his area.
The first photo is of a field that experienced “snapping” soybeans due to soil crusting. Soil crusting is a common symptom of wet soils at planting or heavy rains right after planting. The soybeans had begun growing in a normal fashion, but when the hypocotyledonary arch tried to pull the cotyledon to the surface, the hard soil caused the “snap” to occur, leaving the cotyledons in the ground.
Tilled and No-Tilled Emergence
The second photo illustrates the difference in soybean emergence in tilled versus no-tilled soils. The soybeans emerged faster in the tilled soil because soil temperature was warmer. The no-tilled soils will warm up and emergence will occur without trouble, it will just be a bit delayed in comparison to the tilled soil.
This photo was snapped while scouting a Wisconsin field last week. Just a week before, the corn had yet to emerge, but as you can see, high temperatures made for some quick changes.