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Agronomy Insights

  • The Benefits of Soil and Tissue Sampling

    When farmers think of managing crops, soil and tissue sampling is not always front-of-mind as a regular practice. Throughout the summer of 2022, Southern States interns collected soil and tissue samples bi-weekly for one farmer whose crops include corn, soybeans, wheat, sorghum, and sunflowers - among others. This project placed a particular focus on corn and soybean fields.
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  • Meeting Your Crop's In-Season Nutrient Needs

    In-season crop tissue analysis can uncover yield-robbing nutrient deficiencies before they impact your corn and soybean crop yields. Your Southern States Cooperative agronomy experts can help incorporate a tissue-testing plan into your nutrient management program.
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  • Phosphorus Options Optimize Crop Performance

    From start to finish, phosphorus is a key team player with an important role in crop growth, development and productivity. Timing, availability and balancing with other nutrients help crops fully utilize available P. Start with fall soil testing to optimize P in your fertility program.
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  • Manage Nutrient Removal

    High-yielding crops pull nutrients from the soil ― more than farmers may realize. A plethora of tools are available to ensure that your fertility plan includes levels of nutrients needed for top yields. See your Southern States expert for help to get the needed nutrients on your acres.
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  • Complete Identification of Crop Nutrient Deficiencies

    Thanks to higher yielding hybrids and cultivars, farmers are increasingly interested maximizing the crop’s genetic potential, including addressing micronutrient deficiencies. As with macro nutrients, increasing crop yields generally lead to greater micronutrient removal rates in grain and other harvested products. Other agronomic factors are valid reasons to explore if a micronutrient is limiting crop yield.
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  • Best Management Practices for NPK

    The tenets of 4R Nutrient Stewardship involve choosing the right source, applying the right rate, at the right time, in the right place for efficient crop use. Subscribing to these tenets carries with it a concern for the environment, the economic well-being of all both in agriculture and the public beyond. The best practices of managing N-P-K are based on these 4R principles and have proven to maximum the crops nutrient use while bringing home an ROI.
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