Soybeans (all forage crop seeds) need good soil contact to sprout. To accomplish this I prepare a seedbed and broadcast the seed just before or during a rain. Rain will splash some dirt over the seeds and insure there’s adequate soil moisture to germinate rapidly. Rodents and birds can remove a substantial amount of the seeds rapidly if they don’t germinate and aren’t covered with soil.
Using a drag can help. I prefer to broadcast the seed and use a drag just before it rains. It’s often best to plant 10-50% more seed (depending on how rough the seedbed is) when broadcasting compared to using a drill (placing the soybean seeds one inch deep in the soil).
Just as an FYI – most county NRCS offices throughout the whitetail’s range rent no-till drills for a very reasonable fee. I’ve rented several for $7 to $10 per acre!
November 29, 2015