Understanding the cause of an inadequate soybean stand is important to help prevent a reoccurrence of the problem if the decision is made to replant. Final soybean plant stands of at least 73,000 plants per acre provide 90 percent or more of maximum yield potential. Make weed control a high priority in fields with reduced stands.
Early season corn insects feed on seeds and seedlings, which may result in plant injury, stunting, delayed emergence, or stand loss. Scouting is necessary to determine the types of insects present and their population densities in order to make informed management decisions. Sampling methods vary based on insect species and include scouting, soil sampling, and baited traps.