Planting Soybeans in July

— Written By and last updated by

Gary Cross
Area Agent Crops
North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service
Granville/Person Counties

Planting soybeans in July is not necessarily always the best option. Some folks plant double crop soybeans if the wheat is off in June, but July planted is another ball game. Yes there have been good soybean yield planted late with optimal conditions but in most cases optimal conditions are not there. Optimal conditions are adequate soil moisture, rain, no disease, light insects, and cooler temperatures. How many times do we get these conditions when planting July soybeans? In most cases insect pressure is higher, disease pressure sets in with dry conditions, flower abortion small bean size, low yields. You really need to put a pencil to double cropping in July and later.