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Published on Wednesday, October 19, 2016
With harvest completion just around the corner, fall field work including fertilizer applications and tillage operations will be top priority. If you are applying dry fertilizer this fall, now is the best time to utilize yield maps for VRT applications based on crop removal. Don’t forget how important fall lime applications are if soil pH is not in the 6.3-6.8 optimum range. There is not a better fertilizer investment during low commodity prices than using high quality ag lime if soil pH is below 6.0. Be cautious to not apply nitrogen-containing fertilizers this fall prior to soil temperatures reaching near 50°F. In addition, consider cutting back on fall nitrogen rates and saving more for in-crop applications closer to nutrient uptake demands of the crop.
If you are looking to address sulfur needs this fall, I recommend considering elemental sulfur (90%) or MESZ (12-40-0-10S-1Zn). Consult with your local Beck’s field agronomist, seed advisor, or dealer for recommended rates. Don’t forget to attend a Beck’s Winter Agronomic Meeting near you this year for updated information and recommendations from Practical Farm Research (PFR)® .
Author: Chad Kalaher
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