Planting early soybeans has been popular among soybean growers for the last few years. However, more goes into the decision than just soybean variety and weather. To treat or not treat your soybeans often spells the difference for early planted soybeans when it comes to sudden death syndrome (SDS).

Planting untreated soybean seed into cool soils could mean a longer time in the soil before germination. When seeds sit in the ground, the risk of SDS grows. Early planted soybeans can yield gains of up to 10 additional bushels per acre, but SDS can quickly turn an 80-bushel crop into a 40-bushel crop.

Read more on soybean treatment, chilling and germination scores here.