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BA Deere
Honored Advisor

Planting beans in Iowa, in December?

I know trying something differently leads to new discoveries.  But I just don`t get it (fall seeding beans in Iowa) most years we`re lucky to finish harvest and any tillage and tiling is gravy, so December planting isn`t even a practical option.  What`s likely to happen is a few warm days in March they pop up and get frozen off in late March....or May for that matter. 

I don`t mean to be a Debbie Downer, but other than learning some other unrelated seedling vigor discoveries, this isn`t for someone with limited resources, let me put it that way   Smiley Happy

A couple decades ago Fielders Choice hybrids had a seed coating that wouldn`t allow germination until the soil temp reached 50°, not something that caught on.  One would think, it germinates once or a possible number of times and you get a string of not uncommon 18° nights in later April and that`s all she wrote for that plant.   At least if you plant the 15th of April and worse case the seed sits 3 weeks or germinates safely underground until May warmth pulls it out of the ground, you have a fighting chance. 

If it would work and it becomes normal to harvest, til ...and plant in the winter, what are we supposed to do in the spring?   Smiley Happy