Fall Fertilizer

Sep 28, 2020

Big crop means big crop removal. As we look at fields going into fall and try to get a grip on overall yield and estimated storage needs, there are some acres that look outstanding and there are some that are harder to pinpoint. In areas that the yields stand out from years past, it’s important to remember that crop removal phosphorus and potassium are also up. “23 years ago when I started my career here, the yield contest winners on corn ran about 210-220 bushels per acre,” Shawn McAlister remembers. “Lately they’ve been about 310-320 bu/acre.”

Is your soil bank ready for what kind of checks it might have to write 10 years from now?

Dry conditions in April really got this year off to a head-start. Mother nature allowed us to plant a lot of corn and soybeans early. Rains in May and some warmer weather made for some respectable stands and we were off to the races. “We were so far ahead that we took the afternoon off on the first Sunday in May. That never happens when the sun is shining.” Shawn said. It wasn’t until August when the rain shut-off that fields became variable.
How would you like to treat your fields as variable as they treat you? Great news, you can. Grid sampling, yield mapping, and in-season imagery are all tools designed to help manage production at the sub-field level. Abigail Holst says, “I like the idea of having the ability to put the nutrients in the field areas that have the ability to produce more.”

Contact your Allied Agronomy Sales Specialist with any questions on how to.

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