Managing Fall-Applied Nitrogen

Posted by Tony Licht on 11/5/19 9:00 AM
Managing nitrogen fertilizer applications and especially fall applied nitrogen is important for optimal plant nutrient availability, crop growth, and ultimately yield. Nitrogen is one of the three primarily nutrients needed for crop production and is a mobile nutrient in the soil. Losses of nitrogen can lead to less return on investment on fertilizer dollars spent and have environmental consequences.  Applications of nitrogen in the fall may be favorable to some farm operations to spread out workload and reduce the potential for spring field compaction. Some factors to consider before applying nitrogen in the fall are soil temperatures, forecast air temperatures, and using a nitrogen stabilization product.   
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Topics: soil health

Back to the Basics

Posted by Dan Frieberg on 10/8/19 8:15 AM

I have never liked the warning "you don't get a second chance to make a first impression." It always seems to futile and irreversible. But one example that I encounter frequently relates to how variable rate applications were first positioned by the ag input industry. Years ago, when GPS was first allowing us to measure differences within fields and variable rate controller technology was being pioneered, the value proposition presented to most growers was "this will save you money."

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Topics: soil health, variable rate, lime

You Can't Manage What You Don't Measure

Posted by Dan Frieberg on 10/1/19 9:04 AM

Private colleges market their low faculty-student ratios to compete with the draw of big universities and the message is it's a place where we know your name. Insurance companies compete by selling the value of an agent when you have a claim vs. a phone number to call – the message is you are more than a number. These savvy marketers know that "me matters" – at some level most of us value being treated as the individuals we are. Being treated as though we are all the same as our peers – whether by age, gender, race, economic situation or other demographic insults our sense of being unique in the world.

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Topics: soil health

Can “Unhealthy” Soils Consistently Produce Exceptional Yields?

Posted by Dan Frieberg on 2/25/19 9:37 AM

In the early 1970s, I was fortunate to work for a farming operation that was serious about soil conservation. Serving on State Soil Conservation boards, building terraces, implementing no-till, when planters and weed control options were crude by today’s standards – they were soil stewards. Because of their mentorship, I’ve always taken soil conservation seriously.

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Topics: data analytics, Precision ag, yield analysis, soil health

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