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A Look Back at Side-Dress (08/13/15)

It is satisfying to see side-dress become more common in ND on soils with a high susceptibility to in-season N loss from leaching or denitrification. As plans are made this winter on strategies for next season, please consider the following:

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Prevent Plant Acres (08/13/15)

There are some growers that are seeding cover crops into prevent plant acres, while others I think enjoy seeing their topsoil blow away during the winter and spring.

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Soil Sampling Following Early Crop Harvest (08/13/15)

Soil sampling is encouraged immediately following early crop harvest, including winter wheat, barley, spring wheat, any wheat, rye, canola and early flax. The following are concepts to keep in your head during interpretation for next years’ crop:

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Iron Deficiency Chlorosis Refresher (07/02/15)

Growers and crop consultants in the Valley are well acquainted with iron deficiency chlorosis (IDC) through years of experience.

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Correct Crop Nutritional Diagnosis Using Plant Analysis (06/25/15)

I have already referred to plant analysis as a tool that growers/crop consultants can use to better diagnose nutritional problems suspected from symptoms observed in the field.

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Nitrogen Application for Spring Wheat and Durum Protein Increase (06/18/15)

Spring wheat and durum is approaching heading. My plots near Lisbon are in the boot stage and will head out in a few days.

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Corn N Sidedress Options (06/18/15)

Many more growers are planning to sidedress corn this year than in the past. Most growers that have tried sidedressing the past few years have been successful at increasing corn yield over fields with preplant only.

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Soil Sealing, Crusting, Water Erosion and General Poor Soil Health (06/11/15)

The effects of too much tillage are again seen in the state with stark evidence of gullies, rill erosion, surface crusting, sealing of soil over trying-to-emerge germinating seedlings, and flooded field areas.

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No-Till Fields Planted (06/04/15)

I have, or will have, 30 sites this year from Casselton to Beach to Bottineau in various studies.

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Patience on Yellow Corn, but React to Yellow Wheat Now (06/04/15)

Most wheat fields are in the 3-5 leaf stage and have some yellow in them, especially in areas receiving near record May rains.

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Rivers to Nowhere (05/21/15)

Now is a good time before bustling back to the field to drive around the fields and look, and take pictures and make notes of ditches that go nowhere.

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Sulfur Losses in Rainfall (05/21/15)

The high rainfall over the past week has resulted in S losses, particularly in sandier soils, especially on hilltops and slopes.

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Nitrogen Supplements (05/21/15)

There are three reasons why growers might need to consider supplemental N fertilizer a little later on in the growing season.

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Fertilizer with the Seed (5/11/17)

The restrictions on fertilizer rate that can be relatively safe to apply with the seed are based on a combination of salt and urea injury hazard. Both can reduce seed germination when fertilizer is applied with the seed.

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