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Thursday, April 17, 2008
With the kind of spring we have had, many are concerned about the soil temperatures. As we head for planting, are soils warm enough? The April 16 10 am bare soil four inch soil temp was between 46 and 48 degrees throughout Logan County. While still on the cool side, it has been increasing about two degree per day for the last three days.
Continued upward trend is expected at this time of year. And, as we head into next week, we have to start paying attention to the calendar as much as the soil temperatures. At greatest risk are early planted soybean acres. Several producers have begun early planting as a way to try and increase soybean yields. With the rather poor germination of many group 3 soybeans this year, it would probably be wise to delay soybean planting until more traditional planting dates in May.