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A COMPARISON OF WHEAT YIELDS ON CONTINUOUS CROPPING, CORNLAND AND FALLOW, FERTILIZED AND UNFERTILIZED

This trial was begun in 1959 to compare the results of commercial fertilizer application on three different cropping systems over a long period of years. While there is considerable information available on work with commercial fertilizer application on wheat in North Dakota not very much of it is on sites such as these where data are kept on cropping history and fertilizer application over a long period of years.

Complete background information and procedure are on file at the Dickinson Experiment Station under Agronomy Project Outline Number 12.

Data from the 1965 trial are given in table 29. Table 30 summarizes yields from this trial for six the year period 1959-65.

Table 29. Wheat Yields on Continuous Cropping Cornland and Fallow, Fertilized and Unfertilized
Treatment Yield in Bushels Per Acre
1 2 3 Average
Spring Plowed, Continuous Cropping 17.3 16.5 18.1 17.3
Spring Plowed, Continuous Cropping-Fertilized 22.8 18.1 25.9 22.3
Summerfallow 29.8 31.4 33.0 31.4
Summerfallow, Fertilized 32.2 32.2 37.7 34.0
Disked Cornland 21.2 25.9 26.7 24.6
Disked Cornland - Fertilized 29.8 33.0 31.4 31.4

 

Table 30. Summary of Wheat Yields on Continuous Cropping Cornland and Fallow, Fertilized and Unfertilized for the Period 1959-65.
Treatment Bushels Per Acre
1959 1960 1961 1962* 1963 1964 1965 Average
Spring Plowed, Continuous Cropping 6.7 10.8 4.8 --- 17.8 8.6 17.3 9.4
Spring Plowed, Continuous Cropping, Fertilized 8.1 12.5 3.9 --- 19.4 10.7 22.3 11.0
Summerfallow 11.1 15.3 6.2 --- 28.1 13.0 31.4 15.0
Summerfallow, Fertilized 12.9 22.0 8.1 --- 33.8 16.1 34.0 18.1
Disked Cornland 7.3 10.6 0.0 --- 18.7 10.6 24.6 10.3
Disked Cornland, Fertilized 8.6 13.6 0.0 --- 25.7 11.8 31.4 13.0
*Trials destroyed by Hail in 1962.

 

Table 31. Rotation - Fertilizer Protein Samples. 1964-1965.
Treatment 1964 1965
Wheat on:
Spring Plowed Stubble 15.00 13.50
Spring Plowed Stubble - Fertilized 14.10 13.00
Disked Cornland 14.50 14.10
Disked Cornland - Fertilized 14.60 13.60
Summerfallow 18.00 15.60
Summerfallow - Fertilized 18.00 15.50

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