Preparing for Planting: Managing Early Season Stressors to Unlock Yield Potential

John Deere equipment planting

April 23, 2020
52 minutes
Preparing for Planting


Corey Klaphake
CHS Agronomy, Technical Product Specialist
Brandon Schrage
Brandon Schrage, PhD, CCA
FMC, Technical Service Manager – NE, KS, CO, WY
Joe Short, Valent
Joe Short
Valent, Soybean Crop Marketing Manager


Fertilizers , Herbicides

Seed is a grower’s largest initial input cost and must be protected to ensure yield potential. From the time seed leaves the planter, a series of factors ranging from soil conditions and competition from weeds, to insect and disease pressure may impact yield potential.

Early in the season, cold, wet soils can inhibit germination, root growth and reduce the soil microbial activity needed for nutrient mineralization. Later in the season, hard to control weeds like Palmer Amaranth and Waterhemp, insect and disease pressure can limit yields if not properly controlled.

In this course, you will learn about yield limiting factors and how to manage early season stresses to unlock greater yield potential.

After successful completion of this 52-minute course, you will be able to share with customers:

  • The impact of planting in cold, wet soils
  • How phosphorus can assist with early season growth and development
  • How to unlock available phosphorus in the soil through chelation
  • The benefits of micronutrients like zinc, manganese and iron
  • How to protect seedlings from insects and diseases
  • Insecticide and fungicide options that readily mix with starter fertilizer
  • The germination windows for tough weeds like Palmer Amaranth and Waterhemp
  • How to achieve weed control through soybean canopy

This course includes the following lessons:

  • Preparing for Planting (26 min)
  • Using Fertilizer-Ready Insecticides and Fungicides (20 min)
  • A New Tool for Managing Amaranthus in Soybeans (6 min)

Supplemental materials include:

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