Summer soybeans on track?

Today was a beautiful day in Northeast Kansas and significant rain chances don’t enter the forecast until this weekend. You might think young crops like soybeans this time of year struggle in consecutive sun-filled days. It turns out that isn’t the case.

Kenlon Johannes of the Kansas Soybean Commission says, “Right now I think soybeans are gaining a good advantage from the heat. The ground is warming for them. The seeds are warming up and sprouting. If it’s too cold they won’t come out of the ground, so we want to see ‘em get up and get going, very quickly, this time of year.”

It sound a little too good to be true? Well, here’s the caveat.: If warm and dry weather persists into the later summer months, mature soybeans are no longer primed for success.

“If it’s a hot, dry and especially windy time of the year, that’s when the flowers will fall off rather than put pods on,” adds Johannes.

We have certainly stumbled upon that “happy medium,” since the start of growing season. Wet and cool months leading up to planting and now, perfectly warm soils!

“They are very happy for the drier weather and warmer weather for a while. But, we’re going to continue to need that moisture throughout the year for crops to grow in Kansas,” Johannes warns.

I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what Mother Nature has in store for us!

- Kansas First News Storm Track Meteorologist, Kyle Borchert

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