Starter Fertilizer Boosts Late Planted Corn

It’s been a wild spring, there is no doubt.  Cloudy, wet, cold conditions have kept many out of the fields. Growers should resist the notion that because they are planting late, they should cut back on starter fertilizer.  That small amount of fertilizer is just what the corn crop needs to thrive until roots can …

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Will the High Water of 2019 Affect Crop Growth?

Floods of 1993 and 2011 caused what is known as “flooded soil syndrome” which is also known as fallow syndrome. It happens when soil conditions contribute to the destruction of vasicular arbuscular mycorrhizae (VAM or AM).  Arbuscular mycorrhizae are beneficial fungi that thrive when there are active roots for them to form a symbiotic relationship …

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Obituary of Dr. Ricardo J. Melgar

Obituary of Dr. Ricardo J. Melgar Prepared by Dr. Martín Torres Duggan (translated) I deeply regret to inform you of the death of Ing. Agr. Ricardo Melgar occurred on February 3, 2019 who was struggling with a severe illness. I had the opportunity to work with Ricardo during my first years as an agronomist, and …

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Mitigating Sulfur deficiencies and maximizing cotton yields

Dr. William Hunter Frame Summary: The differences observed between 2016 and 2017 indicate environment and soil type play critical roles for N/S management in cotton. Sandier soils will be selected during the 2018 growing season to ascertain the effect of soil type on N/S management in the upper Southeast coastal plain. Through fluid nitrogen-sulfur fertilizer formulationsThrough …

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Micronutrient Uptake Sources, Compatibility

Dr. Julian Smith Summary: Why is all this important to agricultural sustainability? Quality of food in feeding the world is critical to human survival. This involves vitamin, microelement and protein. Water and nutrient efficiency involve crop performance. Water, nutrient efficiency, pharmaceutical work and plastics are equally important to a growing world population. Serious questions need answering …

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Weather and Climate

Dr. Eric Snodgrass Summary: So, what do we need to watch for? We need to watch for blocking weather patterns to evolve in June, July, and August, as well as troughs to develop in the Gulf of Alaska and north Atlantic in the summer, as these features often lead to hot dry conditions in the Midwest. …

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Fertility Components Critical For High Yield Corn

Nitrogen. Multiple applications of N are more efficient and result in higher yields (preplant, starter, pre-tassel applications through pivot or sidedress, and post-tassel applications). Additionally, multiple applications improved N use efficiency and reduce potential for stalk rot organisms to infect corn stalks. Post Tassel N Applications. Post-tassel (post-flowering) applications of N can increase yields by …

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The Value and Impact Of FFF Research

Wow! What a program at the recent Fluid Forum held in Scottsdale this past February. While we sometimes hear that there really isn’t anything new in crop nutrition anymore and that we are often funding ‘more of the same’ research – the research updates presented at the Fluid Forum say otherwise.   From research trying …

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