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Even though there’s an ever-growing list of options for measur­ing and managing soil and plant fertility, it doesn’t mean more tra­ditional methods must be thrown out the window, says John Grove, director of the University of Kentucky Research and Educa­tion Center.

In the first part of a two-part series we’ll be hear about no-till crop nutrition, where John will discuss the unique characteristics of no-till soil environments when compared to soils on conventionally tilled farms and how those can affect the availability of nutrients to plants. He’ll also talk about nutrient stratification in no-tilled soils and the role it might play in your program as you assess your crop’s needs.

John goes on to share a series of steps no-tillers can take in determining nutritional needs of crops, as well as some tips for getting the best perspectives on nutrients from soil tests. This includes correlating the results of soils tests to yield and ensuring soil tests are calibrated for crop, soil and region.

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