On Monday, May 5, 2014, we planted our corn plots at the Agronology 10 Research Center. Our 8:00 a.m. soil temperature was 44°F at 4 inches of depth. By the next day—May 6—our 8:00 a.m. soil temperature had risen to 48°F.
On May 6, we planted our soybean plots. In the last 10 years—2005 thru 2014—I have only once planted corn in May; however, during this 10 year period, I have planted soybean 5 times in May.
Our April 2014 rainfall amounts were 2.2 inches ahead of our normal April rainfall of 3.59 inches. Most of this rainfall came late in April—24 thru 29—with 3.52 inches measured.