Appropriate and well-timed fertilizer applications have a large impact on the quantity and quality of pumpkins you produce any given season. The best way to optimize your yield is to feed it with a balanced supply of nutrients. Watch to see what AgroLiquid products can do for your pumpkins.
An important part of evaluating your fertility program is to identify existing problems or limiting factors that are restricting yields and make plans to correct them. An annual review is essential. What worked one year might not work the next year. Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers can subscribe a growing program that is right for your farm.
1. Take advantage of wintertime promotions. As cold as it may be in some parts of the country, the clock is ticking on wintertime promotions. If you haven’t already, now is the time to contact a local agronomist to take advantage of money-saving sales on your 2014 plant nutrition program. Whether you’re a new client looking for rebates to help convert your planter or drill so you can apply liquid fertilizer, or an existing customer just looking to reduce your input costs; AgroLiquid has a program for you. But you know what they say about which bird gets the worm – take action early, to boost profits later.
2. Consult an agronomist for a complete plant nutrition program. You know your fields better than anyone. That’s why combining your familiarity and knowledge with the expertise of a good agronomist can be the difference between a good year and a great one. AgroLiquid agronomists can help you make sure you leave no nutrient unaddressed, and no yield potential in the field.
3. Don’t forget your micros. N, P and K are important, but we now know micronutrients are, too. Not only can micros boost yield, in some cases they’ve been shown to bolster crop health, increase quality and ward off disease. Learn more at our MicroLink page.
4. Brush up on the latest research. Between equipment tune-ups, taxes and pre-plant planning, there is little actual downtime for today’s producers, but don’t let continuing education slip through the cracks. Reading through some of the latest research in seeds, crop nutrition, and plant nutrition will help you make the best possible decisions for the coming year. The AgroLiquid 2013 Research Report is a great place to start. After that, don’t forget to dig through our research results archive, too.
5. Consider Nitrogen efficiency enhancers. Supporting your crop’s ability to utilize nitrogen is one way to make sure what you apply to your fields pays you back in yields. Nitrogen enhancing products such as AgroLiquid’s eNhance, can help you get more while applying less. Learn more about eNhance.
Can I boost my yield potential by foliar feeding my crop?
Foliar applications can be a great way to boost yield potential, correct a deficiency, or sustain a crop through stress. replicated research has proven that when there is opportunity for in-season crop improvement, supplemental nutrition may be beneficial. Applied alone or in combination with your crop protection program, AgroLiquid products assure the best return on your foliar fertility investment.
Can I tank mix all the nutrients my crop needs for a top yield?
You can tank mix the precise nutrients that your crop needs for optimal growth and production. We are confident of the compatibility of AgroLiquid products, not only with the full range of crop nutrients but also with most crop protection products allowing you to combine applications and maximize productivity.
Can I be confident that the nutrients that I strip-till this fall will be available for my next crop?
AgroLiquid products are formulated for stability, protected from tie-up and loss, and designed to provide your crop with usable nutrients when and where it needs them. Strip-till with Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers and be sure that the crop nutrition you apply this fall will be feeding your crop next season.
Can I improve my bottom line buying my fertilizer early?
Traditionally, the cost of fertilizer increases near planting season and locking nutrient needs in early often provides favorable pricing. Additionally, spring time supply issues are not predictable nor uncommon, creating uncertainty and expense that can be avoided.
No-tillers can’t afford to waste money on applied fertilizer. Neither can the agriculture industry continue to watch these resources negatively impact watersheds without expecting possible severe regulations. Nobody knows that any better than no-tiller Mike Starkey of Brownsburg, Ind., whose farm lies right at the base of the Eagle Creek Watershed that supplies the city of Indianapolis its drinking water.
This 1 hour webinar produced by No-Till Farmer Magazine originally broadcast November 27th, 2013.
Strip-till applications are the perfect time to place liquid fertility where the crop needs it, with the assurance that nutrients will be available when and where you need them.
Strip-till combines the best features of no-till and conventional tillage systems. Tilled strips that will house the seed row reside alongside undisturbed bands of crop residue that shelter the soil and conserve moisture. Growers who want to practice Responsible Nutrient Management, have poorly drained soils or are apprehensive about areas with poor soil structure can benefit from using strip-till in their operations.
Strip-till accelerates the warming and drying of the soil in the spring, which stimulates earlier and deeper root growth in field crops such as corn. It can also increase air circulation and improve aerobic conditions.
One of the biggest advantages of strip-till is that nutrients can be placed into the root zone where there is less potential they will be diverted or immobilized by crop residue. Dual placement of phosphorus (P), potassium (K) and micronutrients near the seed zone and placement of nitrogen beneath the seed zone, improves the proximity of nutrients to the roots as they grow and develop.
Successful strip-till applications match the right nutrients with the right timing, according to geographic area. For example, it isn’t advisable to apply nitrogen in the fall in areas that have large amounts of rainfall because of the potential for leaching. However, in arid areas growers can successfully apply nitrogen in the fall.
An effective combination for strip-till applications is Pro-Germinator for phosphorus and Sure-K for potassium, along with microLink for balanced micronutrient application. For nitrogen applications, AgroLiquid offers a number of choices from their N-Suite to meet the needs of any strip-till situation.
Agronomists at the North Central Research Station in St. Johns, Mich., conducted a two-year trial that assessed the effect of fertilizer timing and placement on strip-till corn (2012 Research Report, Effect of Fertilizer Timing and Nutrient Placement in Nutri-Till/Strip-Till Corn).
Researchers found that deep fall placement was only slightly lower in yield than shallow fall placement. And both spring and fall placement of P, K and micronutrients resulted in similar yields. The study also established that the highest yield for both years was where all of the fertilizer was applied in the spring with the strip-till operation. This treatment resulted in corn that was noticeably ahead of the other treatments.
Growers are often apprehensive about nutrient applications during fall strip-till because they worry nutrients will not be available for crops the next year. AgroLiquid product formulations promote stability and protect nutrients from tie-up and loss. They are a great fit for conservation tillage cropping systems. Best of all, growers can apply fertilizer with confidence during strip-till, having the peace of mind that nutrients will be available at the right time and in the right place.
Maintaining a healthy balanced soil requires consistent effort and advanced planning. This is the best way to determine how much nutrition is available to feed your crops from planting to harvest. Create a custom fertility program that pushes your yield to the max. Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers has a variety of products to help you maintain a healthy balanced soil.
Getting More For Less From The Fertilizer You Apply
No-tillers can’t afford to waste money on applied fertilizer. Neither can the agriculture industry continue to watch these resources negatively impact watersheds without expecting possible severe regulations. Nobody knows that any better than no-tiller Mike Starkey of Brownsburg, Ind., whose farm lies right at the base of the Eagle Creek Watershed that supplies the city of Indianapolis its drinking water. Join Mike Starkey on Tuesday, November 26, at 7 p.m. Central time (8 p.m. Eastern) as he reviews what he’s learned from onfarm trials and the changes he’s made to his fertility-management practices throughout the years. You’ll learn how he’s been able to increase corn and soybean yields with less applied fertilizer and reduce his impact on the environment. This No-Till Farmer webinar is being made possible with support from Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers.
Here are some of the things that Starkey will address in this exclusive webinar.
Our 5-year No-Till Operational Benchmark Study reveals that applied fertilizer consistently ranks as one of the most costly inputs for no-tillers. Check in with No-Till Farmer, Mike Starkey and Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers on Tuesday, November 26, at 7 p.m. Central time (8 p.m. Eastern) to get a better understanding of managing fertility for efficacy and efficiency.
There is no substitute for phosphorus in high-value crop production.
Phosphorus may not be first in the N-P-K lineup, but don’t underestimate its importance to plant growth and development. Many essential plant processes would not occur without it. There is no substitute for phosphorus if your primary goal is to maintain first-rate crops and high yields.
Every living plant cell contains phosphorus as part of the substances that carry the DNA code of living things. Phosphorus directly influences reproduction, photosynthesis, cell division, root development and energy storage. Some flowers and fruit also contain high concentrations of phosphorus.
Correct placement of phosphorus near the root zone is crucial because of its low mobility in the soil. The greater the distance the root must cover to reach the phosphorus, the greater the chance it will be unavailable when the plant needs it. Most plant roots only explore about 3% of the soil around them. Stunted growth, spindly stalks, distorted leaves and purpling are all signs of a phosphorus deficiency, as well as reduced blooms and/or onset of fruit.
In any given year, crops take up a combination of phosphorus applied in the current cropping year and phosphorus applied in previous years. Soil pH or acidity influence phosphorus reactivity and determines the speed and type(s) of insoluble phosphorus that is most likely to form. Phosphorus fertilizers are generally very inefficient and only a small portion of what is applied typically gets into the crop.
What’s new on the phosphorus front at Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers?
Pro-Germinator™ utilizes carbon as a building block to form long phosphorus chains that provide protection for the nutrient until the plant is ready to absorb it. The phosphorus compound isn’t subject to movement from the cropping environment because it reaches its intended destination the first time. This creates an optimum situation and leads to greater use efficiency.
Pro-Germinator™ performance is one of the standards that AgroLiquid uses to evaluate experimental phosphorus products. In 2012, researchers evaluated two experimental phosphorus fertilizers, SP-12 and ZP-12, on corn, soybeans and various vegetable crops. Both products, in addition to being N-P-K products, have added sulfur to help meet more complete crop requirements. This presented an increased risk for injury if the product comes into contact with the seed, unlike Pro-Germinator™, which is safe for in-furrow applications up to 10 gal/A on field corn.
Experimental Phosphorus Placement Options for Corn
This trial evaluated in-furrow and 2×2 placement options for effects on establishment, yield and stand. Pro-Germinator yields were similar for both application methods (197.2 vs. 194.5 bu/A). When comparing 2×2 applications, SP-12 and ZP-12 yields were numerically higher, but this did not hold true for in-furrow applications. Testing will continue to verify the conclusion that SP-12 and ZP-12 cause yield loss when applied in-furrow. (See Corn Planter Program Additives)
Experimental Phosphorus Applications on Soybeans
In-furrow and 2×2 applications of Pro-Germinator, SP-12 and ZP-12 were made with rebounders or tubes in the bottom of the furrow. Averages on all locations show SP-12 increased soybean yield 2 bu/A over that of Pro-Germinator. This may be enough of an increase to continue further testing during the 2013 growing season.
For the full research results see “Experimental Phosphorus Placement Options (NCRS 12-309, 719)” and “Experimental Phosphorus Fertilizers on Soybeans (NCRS 12-709, 1002, 1101)” in the 2012 Research Report.