Since field conditions can be unpredictable, selecting a range of early and late soybean maturities within maturity groups adapted to a region can provide a natural source of stress management. Selecting a range of soybean maturities can also help maximize yield potential by spreading harvest workload with different maturing dates. With a longer harvest window, a range of maturity groups can help reduce the chance of harvest moisture becoming lower than desired while other fields are harvested.
The Plant Health Initiative (PHI) Recommendations
- When possible, select soybean products with a 5 to 7 day spread in maturity to help maximize yield potential.
- Try to plant 25% of soybean acres with later maturing soybeans with sufficient disease resistance.
Earlier maturing soybeans may be best in situations where:
- Wheat will be planted in the fall. Early planting is essential for high yielding wheat.
- Lodging has been a problem with full-season soybeans. Earlier soybean products will, in many cases, stand better.
- Delayed planting - later soybean products may not escape a fall freeze before fully mature.
- When selecting the range, it is important to plant products that are adapted to the area and have characteristics appropriate to each field.
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