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Crop Fertility Findings

Crop Fertility Findings are articles written based on insights from the research that AFREC has funded. Each of these articles is written with the intent to help provide user-friendly insights to readers while still providing fact-based research as the base of the content provided. Each article links to research that can be found in the research tab of this website.

Agronomic Data Collection of Tomorrow – Farmers Take Control Over Data

Data is the basis for strategic decisions on farms today. Behind every seed variety, biological stimulant, and fertilizer, there is data to showcase the different opportunities and outcomes of these products within an operation. Research has been a priority for multiple generations, showcasing the reliance…

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Plant Tissue Sampling – One Piece of the Puzzle

When it comes to soil fertility, there are many pieces of the puzzle that interact and interfere with our ability to understand what is exactly going on within our soil. Plant tissue sampling, which has been widely implemented by retailers across the Midwest region, is…

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Potassium Fertilizer: What We Know and More Importantly What We Don’t Know

Evaluating inputs is an important process when planning crop management practices year-over-year. While a majority of that time is spent evaluating varieties of seeds and planting options, an important input that needs to also be evaluated is the soil. While this may seem like a…

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Plan, Execute, and Evaluate: In-Season Nitrogen Application

Being Minnesota weather is as variable as the soils across the state, utilizing the nutrients in the soil is something farmers are tasked with each year. With nitrogen being arguably the most important nutrient when it pertains to corn growth, there is much debate as…

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Making The Most Of Fertilizer In Minnesota Soils

As commodity prices fluctuate, and input costs continue to rise, calculating the most economically advantageous fertilizer rates for typical Minnesota crop rotations becomes increasingly complex. Optimal fertilizer rates are those that not only increase the quality and yield of grains and forage, but also balance…

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Phosphorous Behavior in Soils

Fluctuating fertilizer prices can make decisions on the management of nutrients, especially phosphorus (P), challenging. Across Minnesota, soils can differ in their relative potential to retain or fix phosphorus. That’s an important variable to know, because it directly correlates to availability of the nutrient for the…

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