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Residual Soil Nutrients - A Golden Opportunity

Some fall soil tests are coming back showing significant levels of residual nitrogen and possibly other crop nutrients due to drought conditions and lower than expected crop growth across much of the Wheat Growers service territory.  While residual nutrients can be looked at as a bonus, these additional nutrient levels provide an

Variable Rate Fertilizer and Zone Soil Testing

Today I sat down to work on variable rate fertilizer maps and I stumbled onto a field that pronounces the importance of variable rate fertilizer and zone soil testing. I ran into a few things that everyone should be aware of. This is happening in almost all of the fields that I help producers manage. This particular field is an MZB

Potassium Deficiencies

Potassium (K) deficiency in corn has become more prevalent in the area. Potassium is essential in a plant for water uptake and photosynthesis. Potassium is as immobile nutrient in the soil and should be managed accordingly. The deficiencies I am noticing are taking place in two specific areas of fields: highest producing areas of a

More Solutions to Soil Compaction

After we started to understand the soil compaction talked about in my previous blog entry, we started to investigate other stressed fields, as well as a few less stressed. Our findings amazed us! We continued to use the excavator to dig root pits looking for soil compaction and discovered very tight soils with many areas of extreme side wall

Compacted Soil

This harvest season I have found a few things that I thought would never be true. A few of the producers I work with noticed a significant yield reduction in certain fields that we assumed was due to high levels of salt or just poor ground. With curiosity, I went out into these fields with a handheld soil probe and tried to get soil core