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- Planting soybeans into sod an option for Kentucky growers
- Too late for lime
- Test for compaction
- Consider seed insecticide
• Soybeans could generate a gross return of $500 per acre, or more, depending on yield and marketing.
• Soybeans are a good option for producers who need to renovate pasture and hayfields.
Consider seed insecticide
• Consider using a seed insecticide. Seed treatments may help some with control of grubs and wireworms. If the season is cool and cloudy during germination, a foliar insecticide applied to young plants (1 to 3 fully emerged leaves) could be warranted. The cool, cloudy conditions slow crop growth and favor insect damage. Insect damage is typically more severe in fields with a lot of residue. Bright, sunny conditions favor quicker growth of the young plants and insect damage is less severe most of the time.
• Spreading about one bushel of cracked corn per acre is a method for slowing down damage from voles, field mice and other varmints. The animals will eat the cracked corn, first, and are less likely to dig up seeds. There are some baits that can be spread on field borders.
• Assuming that the burn down application worked well, there will be some perennial and annual weeds that need to be controlled when the soybean is emerging. In general, when weeds emerge with the soybean crop, they should be sprayed before they reach 6 inches tall. In warm conditions, weeds can grow very quickly. A weed that was 3 inches today may be 6 inches in only a couple of days. Finding small weeds in residue requires walking some fields. Small weeds are difficult to see from the windshield of a pick-up.
• Scout the fields on a regular basis to identify problems quickly. In some cases, quick recognition of a problem might allow you time to resolve it.
These are general guidelines and specific fields might require additional management. For more information on soybean production, consult your local county extension agent.
Guidelines for planting corn into sod can be found at http://southeastfarmpress.com/grains/corn-may-grab-acres-kentucky-pastures-hay-fields.