Removal rates aren’t the same across your field
As we wrap up another cropping season, I hope that your year has been a success. As I write this in late August, for publication in October, I am hopeful for a record corn and soybean harvest. With record yield potential comes some management decisions you need to make prior to planting next year’s crop. Management decisions regarding soil fertility are critical to give your crop the potential for great yields again next year. In that sense, I believe MFA’s Nutri-Track program has a fit on all acres across our trade territory.
Nutri-Track is is designed to manage, maintain and track fertility levels across operations by combining GPS-based soil testing and yield monitoring. Whether you raise corn, soybean, wheat or forage, your soil’s nutrient levels are a critical factor in maximizing production. Nutri-Track has three unique stages that will fit any operations.
Stage 1: Intensive soil sampling
Nutri-Track’s 2.5-acre grid-sampling program will provide a baseline for your field’s nutrient levels and soil properties. This is essential to correct any underlying problems so that you can maximize yield. We also use this program for range and pasture ground to maximize forage production and grazing capacity.
Stage 2: Intensive soil sampling with yield monitor crop removal
MFA Nutri-Track techs combine the information they receive from the 2.5-acre grid samples with yield data to give you a tailored recommendation for your nutrient removal and build program. By using yield monitor data, you will no longer have to use a flat yield removal rate. Thus, in the future, you can apply the right amount of fertilizer to the right areas of your fields. You won’t be over-applying in low-producing areas of the field. You will boost production in areas that can support additional yield goal.
Stage 3: Yield monitor crop removal
This is perfect for fields that already have optimum fertility. You maintain those levels by replacing exactly what you have removed. This program is also a good fit for rented ground.
The question that I most often get is, “Why should I enroll in this program?”
We all know that each field has areas that out-yield the rest of the field. By employing the data analysis along with precision application, you can apply fertilizer with true variable-rate technology. You will get your nutrients to right spots in the field. The practice has proven itself.
The next question that I get is, “Through this program I will spend less money on nutrients, correct?”
That is not always the case. When I look at composite data from our precision techs, I see that growers are under fertilizing areas of the field and sometimes over fertilizing other areas. Cost might be a wash, but putting the nutrients where they are most efficiently used has the potential to boost yield.
This year looks to be one of the best we have seen in several years across our trade territory as a whole. I understand that there are parts of our trade territory that won’t see record yields. This program is still a fit for those acres. At MFA we support the 4 R’s: The Right fertilizer source,
Right rate, Right time, and Right place. As an industry, this is an important concept. Regulators and environmentalists scrutinize agriculture more each year. We need to manage our inputs and be good stewards.
MFA can help you develop a plan for all of your acres and make sure we are using your nutrients to the best of their ability for maximized profit.
Contact your local MFA location to make a nutrient management plan. It’s a good practice.