What management adjustments need to be made when wheat is planted late? Making the right adjustments now could help ensure good yields at harvest time.
While soybean planting is tracking ahead of last year in Kansas, there are still some areas yet to be planted. What management strategies should be considered when planting soybeans later in the season?
While a large percentage of the 2021 Kansas wheat crop has been planted, there may still be fields waiting to be planted. Different management adjustments can be made to compensate for late planting.
In areas where soybean planting has been delayed or in double crop systems, producers should consider a few key management practices. Planting soybeans in the right soil conditions is essential for establishing an adequate canopy and improving chances to increase yield potential.
Wheat planting has been progressing across Kansas for a few weeks. For producers that needed to delay planting, there are management adjustments that can be made to help protect the yield potential for this wheat crop. Read more here from K-State wheat specialist Romulo Lollato.
Yields of dryland corn are often related to the conditions at pollination. Yields of late-planted dryland corn can range from 50 to 70% to more than 100% of the highest yield of corn at earlier planting dates, depending on environmental conditions. Late-planted dryland corn does best when conditions are unfavorable (too cool and wet) early, but then become more favorable in mid-summer. On the other hand, yields of late-planted corn typically decrease dramatically when conditions are favorable early in the season, but become hot and dry in mid-summer.
Some producers may have delayed wheat planting for different reasons, including harvesting a summer crop during late October or due to dry soils and waiting for rainfall. Management adjustments can be made to try to compensate for the consequences of late planting.
As of June 4, around 80% of soybeans have been planted in Kansas. Where soybean planting has been delayed or in double-crop soybean systems, producers should consider a few key management practices. Factors to consider include maturity group, seeding rate, plant density, and row spacing.
The optimal planting window for wheat has passed for northwest Kansas. Does planting past the optimum date impact the yield potential? Can increased seeding rates compensate if wheat planting is delayed? This article reviews some research in northwest Kansas that helps answer these questions.