Category: Crop Production

Prioritizing the Long List of Spring Field Work

Springs are becoming shorter Recent data from Iowa State University is validating what we have all been thinking – our springs are getting shorter. According to ISU, from 1964 to 2019 the average number of days suitable for spring work has dropped from 48 days to 35 days when looking at a time period of…

Fertilizer and Micronutrients

A micronutrient is an element essential for plant growth but is required in very small amounts. Until recently, farmers have been able to rely on the natural quantities found within the soil for adequate crop production. With yields continuing to increase, micronutrient availability will develop a more important role in complete fertilizer programs for top…

Back to Basics: Fertilizer and Macronutrients

It can be very difficult to keep all of the inputs used for crop production organized. To help keep ourselves straight we often lump fertilizer into one broad category without taking in to account the variation in importance and role that a nutrient has in the plant. In the illustration on the right you can…

Manage Compaction during a busy Spring

With a wet Fall this past year and a long to-do list of field work to get done this Spring, the last thing farmers want is something else to think about. Taking the time to worry about compaction can directly affect the bottom line. Soil compaction occurs when soil particles and aggregates are compressed into…

Knowing What Limits Yield Could Help Manage Input Costs

With cash crop prices low and margins tight, it can seem like the words ‘Manage your input costs’ is on repeat and coming from every angle. The problem is this is much easier said than done. To most effectively manage input dollars, it is important to take time (maybe some of the free time we…

2018’s Delayed Fall Will Impact 2019’s N Application

The wet weather of 2018’s harvest season and the host of problems it brought to the corn belt is something many farmers are happy to put behind them. Unfortunately, one of these problems may persist into 2019 – potentially severe impacts on nitrogen applications. Some corn growing areas saw as little as 5% completion of…

Even With Low Crop Prices, Lime is an Important Part of a Fertilizer Program.

“I only have so many dollars to spend on inputs this year, why should I worry about liming?” This is a question that is very common this Fall and a very understandable one. Aglime (Calcium Carbonate) is not as high profile a nutrient at Nitrogen, Phosphorus, or Potassium. However, its job is no less important…

Midsummer Management Decisions

Rescue Herbicide Applications in Soybeans The last few years has seen the industry as a whole struggle with post emergence herbicide applications in soybeans. It should always be the goal to get full control with one multi-mode of action post emergence application. Sometimes that doesn’t happen. If a rescue treatment is your only option check…

Nitrogen Management Can Help Profitability

Today’s crop prices have many farmers feeling the pinch of tight profit margins. However, each grower and operation will handle this scenario differently. Some may cut seed costs, some chemical costs, and others may manage fertilizer input costs. For those that fall into the third category, ISU and UNL have each created online tools to…