The Climate Corporation has published an Outlook Brief on the risk of early fall freeze for double-crop soybeans. This year’s abnormally early winter wheat harvest has raised the possibility of double-cropping for many growers who typically do not have enough time to bring a second crop to maturity before the first killing freeze of the fall. To help those growers decide whether to double-crop soybeans, The Climate Corporation has published an analysis of the earliest and median first freeze dates for nearly 1,000 locations across the Corn Belt.
“Growers who have not double-cropped in the past need to fully understand the risk before investing the time and money it takes to plant soybeans,” says Jeff Hamlin, director of agronomic research at The Climate Corporation. “We’ve leveraged our sophisticated weather data platform to analyze the earliest and the median first freeze dates across the Corn Belt to help growers with their double-crop decision.”
The data provided includes earliest and median first freeze dates over the last 32 years. The report looks at both 30-degree Fahrenheit and 28-degree Fahrenheit freezes, so growers can assess the risk of partial freeze damage and of hard freeze damage.
The full Outlook Brief and detailed first freeze date data can be accessed at: