The research and technology that drive agriculture production are advancing at a rapid rate. Through The Agronomy Blog, Mosaic experts help sift through the most current information affecting crop nutrition, and provide their take on pertinent, timely tactics to help maximize production in a sustainable setting.
All About Phosphorus
Phosphorus is one of the three macronutrients essential for plant growth. It is required for the photosynthesis process, converting the sun’s energy into food for the plant.
Cover Crop Considerations
Cover crops can help farmers manage their soil and nutrients from year to year. But not all cover crops work for all purposes. Knowing what cover crops need, and what they give back to the soil, can help you in your decision.
Boron’s Importance in Plant Development and Growth
One of the micronutrients that is essential for crop health also happens to be one of the most deficient in the majority of fields: boron.
It’s Time for Some Crop Nutrition Decisions
There’s certainly a value to working proactively to avoid stresses before they’re apparent, especially when it comes to soil fertility.
Did the Cool, Wet Spring Cause a Head-Scratching Harvest?
Farmers all over the Corn Belt saw striped and pale corn this spring and into summer. How they addressed these signs of nutrient deficiency may have been reflected on their yield monitors this fall.
Thinking Small — With a Focus on Zinc
In farming, little things can add up to make a big difference. This is certainly the case when it comes to balanced crop nutrition.
Nutrient Balance Plays Big Role in Balancing Land Value
With land prices the past few years skyrocketing, balancing nutrients in the field is more important than ever.
Fall Potassium Applications: Consider Crop and (Soil) Characteristics
Required by all plant life, potasium (K) plays a major role in photosynthesis, breakdown of carbohydrates, protein synthesis and disease resistance. Most importantly, it can activate at least 80 enzymes that regulate the rates of major plant growth reactions.
The Soil Fertility Checklist
When it comes to crop nutrition and your soil fertility plan, you need to make sure you’ve dotted your i’s and crossed your t’s.
Soybean Sudden Death Syndrome
With a name like sudden death syndrome (SDS), this soybean disease certainly demands our agronomic attention. But, while it’s serious, understanding SDS might actually make it less intimidating.
Evaluating a Soybean Fertility Program
Historically, many soybean fertility programs are based on the philosophy of “make do with what’s left.” But progressive growers are finding it’s important not to forget this crop’s primary job is to pull nutrients out of the soil, and that those nutrients need to be replenished.
Plan Now for Your 2014 Fertility Program
Even before the 2013 crop is in the bin, growers should begin putting thought into how they will proactively manage their 2014 fertility programs.
Good Options, Better Options: A Look into Soil Sampling
Soil sampling has adapted and evolved over time. As genetics, crop nutrition, equipment and precision ag technologies have matured, so has the need for more advanced soil sampling in the field.
The Sulfer Solution
Farmers and retailers who have been in the business for a while probably find themselves wondering why so much attention has been paid to the past several years. After all, sulfur used to pretty much take care of itself, supplied to plants by organic matter and deposited by rainfall.
Tips for Managing On-Farm Trials
While there certainly is no shortage of information available on how different crop inputs and solutions perform on research test plots around the world, there is no substitute for seeing firsthand how a new seed, chemical, technology or input will perform on your own land, with your management style.
Boron: A Key Consideration in High Yield Systems
As yield levels increase, so does the demand for nutrients not often considered as standard practice. This means that a high-yield system requires more attention be paid to micronutrients.
Is Population Growth Demanding More Aggressive Nutrient Replenishment?
Population dynamics, the impact of biofuels and land use and productivity are all a part of the equation in determining future fertilizer nutrient requirements.
What Your Next Physical Can Teach You About Corn Care
When an agronomist visits a field to diagnose a problem, it’s not unlike a doctor attempting to uncover the source of a patient’s discomfort.
How Plants Show Hunger
The relationship between soil chemistry and nutrient uptake can fluctuate just as much as the weather from year to year. With today's seed genetics, you may find some hybrids are great at optimizing a certain nutrient but wasteful with others.
Three Scouting Tips To Improve Yields Now
With all the technology and tools available to assist in scouting efforts these days, it might be too easy to say it’s easy. Truth be told, we all still make the occasional mistake...
New Study Offers Insight Into Phosphorus Availability
Australian researchers recently studied the reaction of both liquid and granular phosphorus (P) fertilizers in soil that was either dry or wet (at field capacity). They measured the movement of P from...
4R Nutrient Stewardship: Important Inside and Outside Our Industry
Virtually every grower I talk to understands the importance of 4R nutrient stewardship. In fact, I would offer that, by and large, the industry has been following these scientifically proven principles for decades...