May 22, 2020 | By Rupp Seeds
Along with soil temperatures, soil moisture and oxygen levels are important factors for seed germination and plant growth. When soils are saturated, such as in flooded or ponded soils, oxygen availability, and therefore plant growth, is decreased. Young plants may develop yellow leaves due to slowing of photosynthesis and plant growth. Lack of oxygen because of a prolonged period of saturated soil can reduce germination and emergence. In addition, portions of roots may die. However, there is still a chance for survival unless the growing point is damaged.
Check out the full article to learn more about field management once the water recedes, including soil crusting, diseases and scouting.Managing Flooded Soybean Fields