Amidst planting delays, farmers are questioning whether to prioritize planting soybeans or corn. As mid-May approaches, agronomists and university researchers are advising farmers to place their focus on planting corn before soybeans.

Dr. Connor Sible of the Crop Sciences Department at the University of Illinois advises patience, suggesting farmers can still plant full-maturity corn until the end of May – depending on the region. Post-planting, Sible urges assessment for uneven emergence and stand loss in wet spots, along with managing nitrogen applications and ongoing field scouting.

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About the Author: Kelsey Litchfield

Kelsey Litchfield is the Agronomic Outreach Specialist for the Illinois Soybean Association. In her role, she manages ILSoyAdvisor media platforms and assists the agronomy team with events and field days. A native of Rio, IL, Kelsey earned her bachelor’s degree from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2017 where she double majored in Agricultural Communications and Broadcast Journalism.

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