Even before planters were rolling this past April, I heard many of my growers use the same word over and over again: efficiency. Whether they farm 200 acres or 4,000 acres, it was a common word in our conversations about the future, even before commodity prices dropped. Financially, we all realize that things are a lot different than they were a year ago. However, one thing is certain: In order to raise high yielding corn, you must feed your plants in order to do so. It is no accident that corn plants produce what they do, rather it is a series of management decisions that enable that to happen. Between fertilizer prices, commodity prices, and the Nutrient Reduction Strategy, we need to take a good look at how we are fertilizing our crops.
If you saw on your monitor where 220 bushels of corn was entering your grain hopper, then you removed 70.4 pounds of P2O5 and 48.4 pounds of K2O, whereas if you saw 100 bushels in that same field, it was only removing 32 and 22 pounds, respectively.
If you saw 65 bushel soybeans, you pulled off 50.4 pounds of P2O5 and 78 pounds of K2O, and in that same field, you may have seen 30 bushel soybeans, only pulling off 21.6 pounds of P2O5 and 36 pounds of K2O.
My two points: 1) You removed P & K this growing season and 2) The amount you removed varied in each field. Closing the door and saying that you are not going to fertilize is like saying, “I’m not going to buy groceries for the next year.” Instead, let’s look at your yield file and/or your soil test to help in making that input decision for 2015. We all know that we have to be more efficient with our inputs for next year’s crop and we have the tools to help you.
Contact Katie McWhirter or your agronomy salesperson to talk about the benefits of grid sampling at 1-800-669-2281.
Seed Booking Days
When: November 18, 2014 3-7pm
Where: Stutsman Retail Building
What: Your best opportunity to save the most on your seed inputs. Dinner is provided. Test plot data available to view. Seed salesmen on hand to help you find the right fit for your field conditions.