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Manganese Deficiency in Soybeans?

Manganese Deficiency In Soybeans? Experts Advise Foliar Application Source: Purdue University, Corn and Soybean Digest Apr. 22, 2009 2:21pm Corn and Soybean Digest If a field is suspected to be manganese deficient, farmers should randomly collect 30-40 top most fully expanded trifoliate leaves in the suspected area and send them to a commercial lab for analysis, Vyn says. If a manganese deficiency is present,...

Soybean Checkoff Calls for Samples to Assess Soybean Quality


The U.S. soybean industry exports more than half of its annual production. Without these exports – valued most recently at $16 billion – fewer profit opportunities would exist for U.S. soybean farmers. To help ensure these export markets, it’s important to give international customers what they demand. “International purchasers ask for a ‘preview’ of the U.S. soybean crop before they start purchasing...

USDA: Farm production expenses drop

U.S. farm production expenditures dropped nearly $20 billion in 2009 after a record-setting high in 2008. “2008 was an abomination,” said Jonah Bowles, agricultural market analyst for Virginia Farm Bureau Federation. “It was a difficult year for farmers, so it’s good news that expenses dropped.” According to a report released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural...

Assessing N needs with stalk nitrate tests

Corn growers have had a recent surge of interest in taking end-of-season corn stalk samples to assess nitrogen (N) management practices. The purpose of this article is to briefly describe the end-of-season corn stalk nitrate test with regard to the intent of the test, sampling guidelines, and interpretation of test results. Intent of the test Many corn growers feel that their crop needs to be dark green throughout...

Visual symptoms tell nutrient deficiency story

Throughout the growing season, crops may exhibit unusual coloring, stunted growth and leaf damage or defoliation. Often these visual symptoms are due to nutrient deficiencies which reduce yields, crop quality and ultimately producer profitability. By recognizing visual symptoms during the growing season and pin-pointing production issues before harvest, growers can make plans for post-harvest steps that will...

Urea prices back on the rise

A RAINY winter in the eastern States cropping belt has sent farmers rushing to secure last minute orders of urea to top-dress their nutrient-hungry crops – less than two months after many distributors were hastily offloading unsold stocks at a loss. The surge of demand has also coincided with a sudden rush of overseas buying activity since late June triggering global price rises. Until two months ago world...

What To Expect For Future Potash Prices

One of the main ingredients in fertilizer, Potash helps plants resist disease, thereby improving crop yields. Now, some investors think it can revitalize their portfolios… They have some reason to, considering that demand should only rise from here. The United Nations sees food production needs rising 70% by 2050 to feed the global population of 3 billion additional people. That – and the world’s rising...

Cotton prospects a mixed bag

Crop prospects across the U.S. Cotton Belt range from fairly awful to potentially phenomenal, depending on weather patterns so far. And weather has touched the extremes — too much rain in south Texas and too little in parts of Louisiana, Virginia, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Virginia and the Carolinas. Representatives from each cotton producing state offered a brief update on crop conditions early...

Sunbelt research targets cotton PGRs

Plant growth regulators, potassium deficiencies and thrips are all the focus of University of Georgia cotton research being conducted at the Sunbelt Ag Expo in Moultrie, Ga. Extension specialists described the various trials during the annual Field Day on July 8. UGA Extension cotton agronomist Guy Collins says one of the most common questions he has received this year is how to manage the growth of newer cotton...

Is In-Season Soybean Fertilization Effective?

For farmers considering emergency or catch-up fertilization of their soybean fields yet this summer, Antonio Mallarino, an agronomy professor at Iowa State University (ISU) working in soil fertility and nutrient management research and extension, says in-season fertilizer application for soybeans will seldom be cost-effective in Iowa. “Producers may be wondering about it, if fertilizer rates were inadequate...

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