Poultry litter can provide a significant and important supply of nutrients for crop production in areas of Kansas where a supply of litter is available. Get answers to common questions regarding the nutrient availability in poultry litter in this article.
The current status of the Kansas wheat crop is very variable. Regardless of the crop condition, now is a good time to start planning for topdress nitrogen applications. Several key elements need to be considered. Learn about those factors in this article.
Wheat is considered a highly responsive crop to band-applied fertilizers, particularly phosphorus. Wheat plants typically show a significant increase in fall tillers and better root development with the use of starter fertilizer.
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Poultry litter can provide a significant and important supply of nutrients for crop production in areas of Kansas where a supply of litter is available. Poultry litter can serve as an excellent complement to commercial nitrogen (N) fertilizers.
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The use of poultry litter can contribute to reducing the cost of fertilizer inputs for many operations, depending on the price and transportation cost of the litter. Poultry litter may represent significant savings particularly in times of high fertilizer prices.
To maximize the yield potential of winter canola, producers should topdress with nitrogen, sulfur, and possibly boron in the winter. Producers should make topdress applications with consideration for the environmental conditions, the nutrients needed, and the application method.
A common concern with side-dress nitrogen applications occurs when producers are unable to apply nitrogen due to wet or poor soil conditions. To help mitigate this risk, the Risk Management Agency (RMA) announced a new crop insurance option (“endorsement”) for northeast Kansas corn farmers who split-apply nitrogen.
Regardless of the crop conditions, wheat producers should start planning for any topdress nitrogen applications. However, differing yield potentials across regions should be taken into consideration when managing the nitrogen fertilizer rate. This article will discuss some of the issues to consider when making topdressing decisions.
Some common nitrogen containing fertilizers used in Kansas are composed of urea. Questions are often raised about its potential for loss. Chemical reactions of urea in soil and other management factors that affect the performance of urea need to be understood for proper use.
In this article, readers will learn about the best management strategies to avoid significant nitrogen loss when applying urea-containing fertilizers to crop fields. Understanding the importance of certain soil and environmental conditions can help minimize the nitrogen loss potential.