Fertilizer decisions: targeted nutrient applications find popularity
Fertilizer applicators are becoming a more common sight in Illinois in growing cornfields.
That is one trend in nutrient delivery on farms Dan Schaefer has seen. It follows decreasing frozen-ground fall applications.
“I don’t have any real hard figures, but less and less of replacement P and K is put on when it’s frozen or snow covered,” said Schaefer, director of nutrient stewardship with the Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association.
“Guys are starting to understand that application on top of snow — especially phosphorus — is not the best time.”
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