Placing fertilizer in-furrow with the seed is a common practice in small-grain production, and to some extent in row crop production. Often called pop-up, fertilizer placed with the seed can, under some conditions, enhance early-season nutrient uptake and increase yield.
Poking holes, pulling cores, taking samples — whatever terminology you are familiar with, the practice of soil testing remains fundamental to a sound soil fertility program. In fact, the practice is so ingrained in our minds as agronomists that we tend to take it for granted at times.
Although soil testing continues to be a best soil management practice, the way to go about it has changed. With the global positioning system (GPS), farmers can be smarter about how they conduct soil tests.
Will it work for me? This question echoes in our minds as we sit through presentations at meetings, read news releases and listen to farm broadcasts. There’s a lot of information out there about new practices and products. How much of what is offered will really make a difference?
If your nutrient application isn’t uniform, then you really don’t know how much food your crops have at their root tips. Uniform distribution of fertilizer application can be the difference that gets the plants to bountiful production and ensures the farmer’s return on investment.
Midseason scouting is a best management practice engaged in by every farmer who wants to pursue the best possible outcomes for his production, year-in and year-out. When you go into a field and find a problem this time of year, you’ve already lost bushels. But in areas where crops aren’t
As crop input suppliers and farmers walked corn and soybeans fields this season they may have noticed some telltale signs of nutrient deficiency. Mosaic senior agronomist Curt Woolfolk says such scouting activities can sometimes allow time for rescue applications, but more importantly