Maximizing Fertilizer Use

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At our winter meetings, we were pleased to welcome Dr. Chad Poole, Dr. Deanna Osmond, Dr. Luke Gatiboni, and Dr. Ron Heiniger, all from NC State Extension, to talk about maximizing fertilizer use.

Dr. Chad Poole, Water Resiliency Specialist, discussed the effects that water stress has on corn yield, cost associated with poor drainage, and the benefits of selecting corn hybrids adapted to water stress.

table showing gross revenue of corn planted

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Check out these links for more information on this topic:

NCSU Corn Hybrid Water Stress Performance Trials Link

NCSU Chad Poole Projects Link

Dr. Deanna Osmond, Soil Fertility Specialist, discussed the possibility of lowering corn nitrogen rates to match Realistic Yield Expectations using the NC State Extension RYE database, the effect of slow release and nitrogen inhibitors, and starter phosphorus recommendations to reduce fertilizer cost.

PowerPoint slide about farmer-based nitrogen rate studies

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Check out these links for more information on this topic:

NCSU Fertilizer Recommendations

NCSU Alternative Nitrogen Fertilizer

NCSU RYE Database

Dr. Luke Gatiboni, Soil Fertility Specialist, discussed the reason behind high fertilizer prices, recommendations to maximize return on investment with phosphorus and potassium fertilizer, and high yielding soybean fertility trials.

map of NC showing potassium and phosphorus test sites

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Check out these links for more information on this topic:

NCSU Soil Fertility Portal

RYE Database

Dr. Ron Heiniger, Corn Specialist, discussed the need to weigh yield potential and risk, choosing seeding rates to maximize return, using fertilizer efficiently, using corn climate tool to target planting window, and the need for starter fertilizer and alternatives.

PowerPoint about reducing costs while preserving yield in corn

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Check out these links for more information on this topic:

NCSU Corn Portal

NCSU Corn Climate Dashboard

If you have any questions about any of these topics, please contact Daniel Simpson at 252-745-4121 or daniel_simpson@ncsu.edu.