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Discussion Board - Re: bushel/acre of ear corn vs. shelled corn

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10-10-2012 09:33:16

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I took back the 4 acres from the renter last Fall, so it was coming off of soybean rotation. I also spread a lot of cow and horse manure on it, had spread granulated fertilizer, and used starter fertilizer on the planter. Heavy black dirt, and a lot of rain in May and June. I think the cultivating helped hold moisture too. Sure made a nice looking field when it was coming up compared to the flat RR rows next to it.

I'll need to pull a soil test on it before next year, since I'm pretty sure it will need lime and I suppose P & K for the alfalfa, since they limed most of the farm last Fall from the soil mapping.

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10-10-2012 11:37:53

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 Re: bushel/acre of ear corn vs. shelled corn in reply to LorenMN, 10-10-2012 09:33:16  
The manure did you a world of good, wish I could get some from the neighbors, but I'm always a 1/2 mile farther to drive than someone else.... The micro nutrients in it adds more than just regulare fertilizer.

Granular fertilizer, and manure too, often is kinda applied this year to be there for the future. It takes a while for it to break down - either way, manure or granular - into stuff the roots can take up.

So you probably only used 1/3 of the fert you put down on this year's crop, and this year's crop likely was using a lot of what was left from the renter.

Good of you to keep the soil fed and balanced, lot of hobby folks take on a little plot and say, well it grows so good, don't need to waste money on that fertilizer....

It shows up in a few years, and then takes a lot to bring things back up to where they should be.

Sounds like you are doing a real nice job.


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