Farmers are hoping to get back into the field this week.
Jennifer McCombe-Theroux with Manitoba Pulse and Soybean Growers (MPSG) had this advice for planting soybeans.
"A positive with later seeding is warmer soils. These soil temperatures will support quicker emergence...Soybeans will emerge in 4 to 16 days when seeded into soils that are at least 14 degrees. Also, soybeans are a large seed, and it's recommended to target half an inch into moisture. With wetter spring conditions, consider the recommended seeding depth and not seeding on the deep end of this range to aid in quicker emergence. The optimal seeding depth range is 3/4 of an inch to 1 3/4 inches. No shallower and no deeper."
She commented on seeding dates.
"Given our spring conditions, many are wandering how late you can plant soybeans in Manitoba, with previous years leaving us questioning how early we can seed them. Research has shown that soybean seeding dates can be quite flexible for the month of May. Late seeding into June will result in reduced yield potential. Given our current situation, you can still get a good soybean crop. Frost is the biggest early season and end of season threat to soybeans. Spring frost risk is significantly reduced but you should keep an eye out on your fall frost risk and how your variety lines up."
McCombe-Theroux notes for plant population you want to target 140,000 to 160,000 live plants per acre, taking into account expected mortality, survivability, etc.