Start Strong Next Spring

Oct 01, 2020

As we move through the harvest season, see what nutrients your soil is lacking and plan to apply the ones that are conducive to fall application. Order products now to ensure timely use and optimal benefit. Keep these four tips in mind as you prepare your fall fertilizer order. 

Assess nutrient status.?
Use your most recent soil sample to gauge nutrient sufficiency (and be sure to take nutrient removal into account). Reviewing recent tissue samples can also help you build out your fall fertilization plan.

Consider variable-rate application techniques. 
Areas of your farm that produced higher-yielding corn pulled more nutrients out of the soil, so factor in nutrient removal from your recently harvested crop to ensure you’re applying a sufficient amount to replace them. This may also vary by hybrid performance.

Focus on fall-applied nutrients. 
Depending on geography, applying nitrogen in the fall may help minimize spring soil compaction, especially when paired with the right nitrogen stabilizer. Potassium and phosphorus applications can also help reduce workloads next spring. 

Include a nitrogen stabilizer.
If fall nitrogen applications must be made, include a stabilizer to help protect your nitrogen from leaching and denitrification. Be sure to apply your nitrogen and stabilizer when soil temperatures are below 50 degrees F to help keep soil bacteria from converting ammonium to nitrate more quickly. Not all stabilizers are the same; we can help you choose the right one for your specific needs.

Contact a Key Cooperative Agronomist to order your fall fertilizer, help plan your strategy and successfully prepare your soil for spring planting.

Important: Before use always read and follow label instructions. Crop performance is dependent on several factors many of which are beyond the control of WinField United, including without limitation, soil type, pest pressures, agronomic practices, and weather conditions. Growers are encouraged to consider data from multiple locations, over multiple years, and be mindful of how such agronomic conditions could impact results.

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