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23 Aug 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...

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22 Sep 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...

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09 Sep 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...

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08 Sep 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...

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02 Sep 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%...

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20 Aug 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...

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20 Aug 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...

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12 Jul 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...

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09 Jul Applying Nitrogen to Patchy Fields

Many cornfields throughout Illinois are showing areas with light-green color next to good-looking plants that are often farther along in development, too. Almost without exception, the pale plants are in low-lying areas where this season's large amounts of rain have caused frequent ponding. The appearance of...

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07 Jul Rescue nitrogen

Choosing a nitrogen rate is hard enough the first time. It's even harder the second time when you're trying to rescue corn after heavy rains have stolen part of the first application. At that point, it's hard to determine how much nitrogen was lost, how...

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06 Jul Judicious investments pay off

Fungicides, a three-year rotation schedule, nitrogen fertilization and a soil-applied insecticide are investments that pay off with profitable peanut yields, says Collingsworth County, Texas, producer Rusty Strickland. Strickland, who farms at Wellington, averaged 5,800 pounds per acre last year on 385 acres of irrigated peanuts, a...

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17 Jun Rain delays corn, bean planting in Northwest Missouri The rain has delayed planting of corn and soybeans in Northwest Missouri

Farmers have been questioning how long one should plant corn and beans. Other concerns include ponding, insect injury, saturated soils and poor stands, Wayne Flanary, University of Missouri regional agronomist in Oregon, said in a news release. Typically, corn is not recommended to be planted past mid-...

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08 Jun How to assess corn damage

Recent storms have caused a variety of damage to Mississippi’s corn crop and left growers with management questions. “Likely the most prevalent problem since last weekend has been hail, although ‘greensnap’ (a term describing corn stalks broken by high winds) and flash flooding have also occurred,”...

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04 Jun 4 Factors Causing Your Corn or Soybean Crop to Look Nutrient-Deficient

Growing season conditions may be the biggest contributor to poor crop appearance today, rather than inadequate soil fertility, says Fabián Fernández, University of Illinois Extension specialist in soil fertility and plant nutrition. "Environmental conditions play an important role in nutrient availability," Fernández says. "Plants obtain most...

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01 Apr Is Lower-Priced Urea A Bargain?

Urea (46% N) and urea-ammonium nitrate (28% UAN) have typically been about 10¢/lb. of nitrogen (N) more expensive than anhydrous ammonia. Recently, urea prices have fallen substantially to be competitive with ammonia and less expensive than UAN. Lower prices have resulted in an interest among...

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23 Mar Potassium fertilizer prices remain high

Ever since fertilizer prices peaked last summer, the price of nitrogen and phosphorus has dropped. However, potassium prices have remained high, and it's causing some concern among grain crops producers. "Last year, input costs rose as commodity prices climbed, but this year, commodity prices are not...

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01 Feb Does Sulfur Pay?

There's less brimstone dropping from American skies. Sulfur dioxide emissions - think acid rain - have declined sharply in the last three decades, so less sulfur (S) is falling on cropland. Does this mean farmers need to add S fertilizer for maximum corn yields? That question is...

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17 Dec Global demand drives nitrogen prices

Southeast farmers can expect nitrogen prices to remain high in the coming years, primarily due to limited increases in supply and dramatic increases in demand globally. Doug Stone, nitrogen marketing manager for Terra Industries says there is only one word he can think of to describe...

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20 Aug New nitrogen stabilizer likely for 2009

Farmers will have a new option to halt nitrogen (N) losses next year. Dow AgroSciences expects federal registration in 2009 for Instinct, an N stabilizer designed for urea ammonium nitrate (UAN) and manure applications. Instinct currently holds a federal 24 (c) registration in Iowa. Farmers have...

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21 May Technology could reduce nitrogen costs

Several Southern producers and researchers are hoping to reduce nitrogen costs on corn and increase harvest efficiency in cotton this coming season with variable-rate applications based on on-the-go sensing technology. In corn, Courtland, Ala., cotton producer Larkin Martin's on-the-go technology features six N-Tech Greenseeker sensors, each...

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12 Mar Nitrogen efficiency reduces corn costs

With the high cost of nitrogen fertilizer, farmers need to get optimum use of the product. Reviewing their management plan and making needed changes can potentially save money without compromising yield. Most recent research shows it takes about three quarters of a pound of nitrogen per...

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11 Mar Where Agrotain fits

Agrotain is both a company name and a product name. Agrotain International makes three ag products that protect urea fertilizer from loss. Agrotain is a liquid urease inhibitor that can be impregnated onto dry urea or tank mixed with liquid fertilizer that contains urea such as...

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01 Dec Sulfur Can Boost Yields

There are 16 essential elements for a plant's growth and development. How growers manage and apply those elements affects yield, and ultimately their pocket books. The top three — nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P) and potassium (K) — are often managed and applied in starter fertilizers....

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