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The wet and cool start to spring delayed farmers’ ability to get into the field, so deciding which field activities to prioritize now is key. Here are a few things to consider related to corn planting and nitrogen management.

Split application of nitrogen fertilizer for corn has increased in popularity in recent years as new equipment has become available. The wide range of options available to growers can be confusing.

With high fertilizer prices, farmers are looking for alternatives to make every pound of nitrogen fertilizer count. To be as efficient as possible with nitrogen, the most important thing to do is to rely on best management practices (BMPs) that have been proven through years of unbiased research.

While fertilizer prices have declined since spring, prices remain high, and fertilizer costs are significantly higher than a year ago. Therefore, reducing rates where practicable seems prudent.

Since the manure application season is upon us, it’s time to consider best management practices. When it comes to fertilizer, everyone promotes the “4Rs” for nutrient stewardship — the right source, right rate, right time, and right place. These also apply to manure!

Researchers at Kansas State University and Corteva say they have found a way to improve the uptake of nitrogen in field-grown maize – likely reducing the environmental impact of applying nitrogen fertilizer to farm fields.

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