More moisture, more nutrient, more yield

May 14, 2014 - Issue 6

Good soil moisture may encourage some growers to increase planned nutrient rates to capture an increase in yield potential. However, before increasing fertilizer rates, you may want to make sure you can get timely delivery of that extra fertilizer. Talk to your supplier. You don’t want to run out of fertilizer and still have 15% of the crop to seed.

Top dress is another option if fertilizer supplies are tight at seeding time. When does top-dress fertilizer make sense?

*In Manitoba, the conversation is more like “too much moisture, late seeding, less yield.” Manitoba growers often wonder when to decide to cut back nitrogen rates, and by how much. As long as it’s still May, it’s probably too early for that conversation. For reference, see the quiz questions for this week.

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