Batting No-Till Nitrogen Concerns

Check these discussions about nitrogen use at our No-Till Farmer Web site:

The best methods to apply nitrogen for no-till corn and dealing with a soybean crop that has little nodulation are among the topics discussed recently on the No-Till Farmer sponsored Web site Bulletin Board.

No tillers can discuss ideas, analyze and argue no-tilling ideas and techniques 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at While there are many no-till topics being discussed on the forum, here are comments on two problems that our staff wanted to share with No-Till Farmer readers.

Ed Winkle, a no-tiller, crop scout and crop consultant from Blanchester, Ohio, moderates this No-Till Farmer Bulletin Board.

Q: I usually sidedress every no-till corn row with anhydrous ammonia and I really like this nitrogen source. This year the rains came and we just barely got the nitrogen on. What are your suggestions for better nitrogen application?

My time is limited as I work off of the farm and fall nitrogen application is not an option for me. Will skip row nitrogen application work as well? Could we make a preplant skip-row application?

—Jim Hughes

A: We applied nitrogen a few years ago on 60-inch centers and it worked great.

Sidedressing is not a good option for us because of terraces, so we apply all our nitrogen with the planter.

—Robert in central Missouri

A: Sidedressing seems to work best in any nitrogen situation and would ideally be spread and applied when the plant needs it. But like you, I work off the farm and…

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