News Briefs December 2, 2019


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Use Few things can derail a good growing season like incorrectly identifying a threat to plant or soil health. Fortunately, highly trained Pioneer agronomists integrate their expertise with local grower observations to provide the right solutions that protect crops and maximize yields. 

This week’s briefs cover alfalfa’s potassium needs, corn-after-corn production and soil compaction. 

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Crop Insights

Alfalfa and Potassium

Alfalfa plants require potassium (K) to withstand extremely low temperatures during winter. The nutrient also aids nitrogen fixation and nitrogen utilization, ensuring proper growth and development. For alfalfa production, teaming proper K fertility with a soil pH management program takes full advantage of applied nutrients…Read more

Agronomic Practices for Corn-After-Corn

Careful agronomic management on corn-after-corn acres can mitigate some yield-limiting factors, such as excess residue, increased disease pressure and nitrogen (N) challenges. Farmers should avoid surface N applications as corn residue will tie up N…Read more

Soil Compaction

Soil compaction can be difficult to detect and measure prior to seeing the effects in crops. Even when compaction symptoms are present, such as stunted crop growth, nutrient deficiency or poor water infiltration, they may be attributed to other causes. Earlier planting and increased machinery size have increased the likelihood of creating soil compaction…Read more

In the News

Granular Software and Services Delivered Cost Savings and Improved Features in 2019 Season

Agriculture software company Granular has released 67 new or improved features to its software in 2019 to-date, in addition to its field agents having logged more than 1 million miles helping farmers to improve their profit margins by better using their on-farm data. As growers experienced a challenging 2019 growing season and harvest, their reliance on actionable data from Granular to help increase yields and reduce input costs for the next growing season has never been higher.

“[Granular] agronomy experts are in the field performing soil tests to analyze soil health and working with the farmer to develop a nutrient management and seeding plan,” said Bob Gunzenhauser, Granular Agronomy Science Lead. “Capturing each field’s nitrogen and fertility levels, and creating various planting scenarios, gives the farmer valuable data to make decisions for 2020. With profit margins and yield estimations projected to be in a narrow range for 2020, data will drive cost analysis on seed varieties, variable rate seeding applications and associated inputs.” …Read more

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