Late or prevented planting
Planting date impact on yield potential. Crop maturity, seeding rate and depth considerations when planting is delayed.
This decision aid is for situations when all of the N was applied preplant, and not for determining N rates in a split N program. This worksheet should be used in June. (908.8 K PDF)
Guidelines for switching maturities when planting is delayed.
Soybean is a natural fallback crop, but the switch to soybeans often raises questions.
Yield potential of later-planted soybeans and when to switch maturities
Planting date impact on soybean yield potential and considerations for switching maturities.
Soil conditions and maturity group considerations for a late planting date
Research has shown that yields decreased 1% per day when planting is delayed past the optimum planting date.
A summary of the options available after heavy rains cause crusting problems.
Insect pest management
Late planted corn is at high risk for cutworm damage, especially if it was planted into a weed-free field.
Emergency forages and cover crops
With the late planting window closing, forage and/or cover crop options for prevented plant acres should be considered.
Cover crop options that can fill slumps in grazing systems,extend the grazing system, or provide emergency forage.
Warm season grasses can provide an alternative emergency forage.
Table of cover crop options along with their suggested planting date. (331 K PDF)
Guidelines to achieve conservation benefits while minimizing risk of reducing yield to the following crop. Natural Resources Conservation Service
If the decision has been made to take the "prevented planting" option for insurance purposes, the question remains about what to do with these acres.
United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service. (303 K PDF)