One of our most used extension messages is seed early!
In a year that is later, this may cause some concern that seeding into the second half of May is not going to have good crop yields. Typically seeding earlier does normally translate into higher yields, but good yield potential remains when seeding throughout the month of May, provided you don’t compromise the seeding operation.
Things Other than Seeding Date That Influence Yield:
- Using clean seed with high %germination
- Applying the appropriate fertilizer nutrients and rates to support yield goals
- Seeding for a good plant stand – taking in account TKW, %germination and seed mortality!
- Seeding into a firm seedbed
- Seeding into soil warm enough to result in quick germination and emergence
- Timely weed control
- Timely fungicide application if needed
- Appropriate harvest operation timing
Table 1: Crop Yield Response to Seeding Date (2005-2013)
Source: MASC – Harvested Acreage Report (2005-2013)
For more information see MAFRD website post “Crop Choice Considerations in a Delayed Year” http://www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/crops/production/crop-choice-in-delayed-year.html
Contributed byAnastasia Kubinec, MAFRD Oilseed Crop Specialist