From the Farm: Nitrogen Application to Corn

The Morning Show

The increasing cost of crop production, but depressed commodity prices, are challenging farm profitability. But Stu Ellis offers some good news in a couple areas regarding nitrogen applied to corn.

Stu Ellis

Last fall, a short weather window only allowed an estimated 25% of the expected nitrogen application to 2019 corn fields—postponing it to this spring. But in recent weeks ammonia prices have begun to significantly increase and farmers who have not yet applied all of their fields, are now faced with higher costs. But there is some good news about that…..

Jean Payne

I think that going into 2019 if you are a farmer and you did not get all of your nitrogen on in the fall, we have some great new nitrogen rate recommendations in Illinois. You don’t have to put on extra nitrogen for your corn. Talk to your fertilizer dealer, use the right rate, it will save you money and it will protect the water quality…

Stu Ellis

That is Jean Payne, president of the Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association who is strongly urging farmers to put on less nitrogen and still expect top corn yields.

Jean Payne

Anywhere for growing corn in Central Illinois for corn following soybeans, anywhere from 165 pounds probably up to 190 pounds, somewhere within that range so you have some flexibility. But the old days of thinking that you had to use a pound of nitrogen for every bushel of corn that you want to grow are old, that’s the old system, you don’t need a pound of nitrogen for a bushel of corn, so talk to your fertilizer dealer. You can save money on nitrogen this spring, and use the right rate.

Stu Ellis

Since nitrogen rates are going up right now

Jean Payne

Yes, nitrogen prices are going up, significantly for the spring. So there is no need to waste money on nitrogen, you can still get phenomenal corn yields on moderate nitrogen rates.

Stu Ellis

And new technology from Precision Planting and Yield 360 this week introduced some new concepts for more efficient application. We’ll show you those next week.

That’s our report from the farm. I’m Stu Ellis with WCIA3 your local news leader.

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