The University of Minnesota Extension is looking for help with a corn and soybean planting date survey.
According to a Jan. 12 press release from Extension Educator Lizbeth Stahl, extremely wet conditions in 2019 led to planting delays and many unplanted acres. Some farmers had to decide whether or not to plant a crop during or after the late planting date for crop insurance. Historical planting date information was helpful but limited for planting dates in June (corn for grain) and July (corn for silage and soybeans).
The Extension is asking farmers to share their 2019 experiences to help increase the knowledge base about the impacts of late planting and other weather-related factors. This information will be used to fill knowledge gaps toward making decisions in similar situations, and may help identify future research needs.
The desired information includes corn or soybean maturity, planting and harvest dates, yield, moisture, test weight, and conditions during and after planting. Results will be shared with researchers in Illinois and Ohio who are conducting similar surveys.
If you planted corn or soybeans in Minnesota in 2019, visit z.umn.edu/plantingdatesurvey. Participation is voluntary and information provided will remain anonymous. Data will be collected until March 6.