‘C.H.E.C.K.’ It Out: A Helpful Checklist for Uniform Nutrient Application

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.

Deficiency ID: Minimizing the Impact of Nutrient Deficiencies


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

Take Note Now for a Better Next Season


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

Healthy Plants: Keys to Making Sure Plants Have Only “Good Days”


I no longer qualify for the “early career professionals” demographic or the much-catered-to Millennials club. However, as a Baby Boomer, my “senior” perspective does provide an opportunity to observe what in fact stands the test of time across the decades, whether for social issues or for

Yield Success in 2015 Is Dependent on Nutrient Levels


As growers in the Midwest pulled planters across their acreage, many were calculating what types of yields are needed to give them the return they’re hoping for. The slumping commodity market has brought about a heightened awareness of crop input selections and price points, but it’s important to

Assessing Supplemental Nitrogen Needs for Field Crops


Having an adequate supply of nitrogen (N) is vitally important to a crop for two reasons: First, crop plants need N to form chlorophyll in leaves, and if there is a shortage of chlorophyll, the crop will not be able to effectively harness energy from sunlight to photosynthesize and form sugars that

Case Study: Indiana’s Fairholme Farms


Both Kim Drackett and Randy Bales describe 1,850-acre Fairholme Farms as “a typical eastern Corn Belt operation,” but their management approach is, and long has been, anything but typical. For example, the operation began as a 2.5-acre grid sampling in the 1950s. At the time, they variable-rate-applied

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