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Soybeans differ from corn and sorghum in their response to planting date. This NebGuide provides guidelines that are helpful in making planting decisions for soybeans. Soybean response to planting date is important not only in years when planting is delayed by inclement weather, but also when weather does not disrupt the normal planting season. When planting is delayed, and in doublecrop situations, correct crop and variety planting decisions are necessary to obtain maximum yields. Early season freezes, hail storms, flooding, and other situations can reduce crop stands to a point where late planting is necessary. When planting is not delayed by weather, the response of various crops to planting date is useful information for deciding which crop to plant first.