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Assessing Corn and Soybean Stands

As corn and soybeans emerge, evaluating the stand is important to identify problems from planting, insects, or disease. Evaluating your stands early can help you identify concerns while there may be time to remedy them.

Three common methods for taking stand counts are outlined below. The 1/1000th acre method is widely used for corn and wide-row soybeans. A more accurate method is the wheel method, which counts 150 plants and measures the distance from start to finish with a measuring wheel. The hoop method is often used for drilled beans.

When evaluating a corn or soybean stand, only count plants that have a good chance of survival. Keep in mind that while corn plant populations are a critical component of yield, soybean plants are better able to compensate for low plant populations.

Source: Purdue Corn & Soybean Field Guide. 2007.

Individual results may vary, and performance may vary from location to location and from year to year. This result may not be an indicator of results you may obtain as local growing, soil and weather conditions may vary. Growers should evaluate data from multiple locations and years whenever possible. Dyna-Gro® is a registered trademark of Loveland Products, Inc. Featured logos are service/trademarks of their respective owners.

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