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Soybean Seeding Rate and Plant Population--White Paper

Selecting the appropriate seeding rate for a soybean production system can affect optimal yield potential and net returns, as well as some negative factors including potential for lodging. Choosing the optimal seeding rate for a given production system should be based on several factors that consider the desired plant population, soil type, planting date, and maturity group. Other factors that affect optimal seeding rates include roughness of soil, type of planter or drill, percent germination of seed, and in some cases seed vigor. The following narrative can be used to help in selecting an optimal seeding rate.