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66% of the Soybeans Are Now Planted
Illinois Ag Connection - 05/23/2023

Planting 2023 is nearing the finish line across Iowa, Illinois, Missouri and Tennessee. Considering a large portion of the soybean crop saw an early start, one agronomic expert says the stage is set for big soybean yields this year.

For farmers in Illinois, it’s been a rapid planting pace, after a cool start to the season. Rob DeFauw, who farms near Geneseo, Ill., says planting started for them in late April.

“The weather was fit and ground was fit, so when that's ready to go, you better be ready to go too and put it in the ground,” DeFauw says.

According to the USDA-NASS weekly Crop Progress report, 91% of the corn is planted across Illinois, which is 16 points ahead of average the same time last year.

As far as soybeans, 85% of the crop is planted, 27 points above average and 26 points quicker than last year’s pace.

“We did plant soybeans first, but just a few short days later, when the soil temps started rising, we got both planters rolling and had soybeans and corn going in at the same time,” DeFauw says.

Their start date for soybeans was toward the end of April, which was considerably sooner than when they typically start planting soybeans on their farm. In the past, he says they've never started planting soybeans until after Mother’s Day.

“Everybody's trying to push the envelope a little earlier. I guess beans are a little more forgiving than corn,” he says.

The trend is one Ken Ferrie, Farm Journal field agronomist, has been watching for several years. He says the trend is now growing in popularity.

“The early planting of beans is something that's really kind of evolved over the past five years or so, but due to the drier conditions, we've been able to get in just about anywhere in the state. I think we're probably crashing records on the amount of beans we were able to stick in early.”


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