Planting Temperatures

From Seeds for Success, Agronomy Update - April 2015

Planting time is the most critical time of the year for establishing your yield prospects to maximize profit. AgVenture urges growers to plant into an ideal seedbed – and that includes the temperature. Monitor and record soil temperature to plant into a seed bed at a minimum of 50 degrees F. At that level, emergence requires about 21 days to emergence. Soil temperatures of 70 degrees will allow emergence within as few as seven days.

Note soil temperature:

  • By soil type – temperatures vary among different soil types. Know soil temperature in the same type of soil into which you will be planting.
  • Soil Condition – assess the condition of the soil within the hours you are planting.
  • Planting depth – measure soil temperature at planting depth for a minimum of 50 degrees F and monitor weather conditions to assure temperatures the next 3-5 days will allow that 50-degree temperature to persist.