Monday, May 6, 2024

Should we use nitrogen fertilizer at “maximum” or “optimal” yield?

  CONCEPTIONS   Dairy Route newsletter           March-April 2022 

Nitrogen prices for 2022 crop season are, as we all know, skyrocketed.    I just read an article that suggests at these prices we should fertilize at the “optimal” level (an amount that will offer a meaningful yield boost) rather than seeking a “maximum” yield (an amount that may have diminishing return on costs).    

As cattle people we all have manure to utilize, and when carefully captured its natural nitrogen content (alongside organic matter for soil building) will aid us in row crop production.    Adapting to cover crops is an additional way to generate nitrogen naturally, reducing your out-of-pocket expense for synthetic fertilizer.

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