Post-harvest monitoring is first step in managing nitrogen

The most challenging nutrient to manage this season was nitrogen. Record rainfall in the spring resulted in leaching of nitrates from the soil profile, followed by a droughtthat limited available soil up­­take. How can you do a better job to manage nitrogen on your farm to minimize environmental impact, optimize harvest yields and maximize input utilization — also known as the MOM (minimize, optimize, maximize) approach?

Here are a few tips:

1) It is important to determine how much residual nitrogen you have in a field. This ...

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