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“If we band phosphorus in our no-tilled fields, we can get by with half as much...”— Duane Lange, Ord, Neb.
AIM HIGHER. Wayne Humphreys challenged fellow no-tillers to appreciate farming and aspire to be the best. “We’re at this conference so we can be smarter,” says the no-tiller from Columbus Junction, Iowa.
Jim Andrew says corn prices may be so low that the cost of applying extra nitrogen may not be covered by the additional yields. As a result, the Jefferson, Iowa, no-tiller says nitrate tests are critical to avoid runoff into the nation’s water supplies and to protect the environment while earning the best possible returns.
Andrew urges growers to check fertilizer hoses and application units to catch serious problems before they impact corn stands.
For attendees interested in earlier soybean planting dates, Dave Savage says he hasn’t seen any major yield swings or significant visual differences in plant health.
The Farley, Iowa, no-tiller says growers in his area should target April for best yields, be prepared for early weed control concerns, be ready to no-till when conditions are right, consider GMO seed and proceed with caution.