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Soybean Planting Decision Tool helps select planting date and maturity

Determining when to plant soybeans and selecting variety maturities are two critical decisions that Iowa farmers make each year. These two decisions greatly affect yield potential and economic return. Typically, soybean variety selection occurs months before soybean planting occurs. An added complexity is current weather conditions at the time of planting.

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Planting talks undercut corn futures on Monday

Planting talk seemed to undercut corn futures Monday. Surging equity markets, news of Chinese economic stimulus and the USDA Export Inspections result all appeared supportive of corn futures. However, prices declined rather significantly modestly Monday, which seemingly reflected a reaction to ideas that plantings surged in the southern Corn Belt last week. May corn futures closed down 1.75 cents at $3.78/bushel Monday, while December sagged 2.0 to $4.0125.

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Special cover crop control considerations

There are a few species that may require special consideration. In general, most programs begin with glyphosate, which tends to be more consistent than paraquat (Gramoxone). Liberty has a narrow fit, mostly for marestail control, but does not add much for cover crops.

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