By Sonja Begemann, Farm Journal Seeds and Crop Production Editor
For the past 20 years, one central Illinois farm family has used strip till to help improve soil and avoid runoff. To maximize efficiency and yields, they use a unique fertilizer system on their fields that helps save money, time and boost yield.
Nitrogen (N) is often the most limiting nutrient for optimum corn production. It is needed in large quantities, but because N is unstable, it can quickly be lost to the environment. In recent years, crop-sensing technologies have been introduced to help fine-tune N management accounting for within-field spatial variability, which can increase yields and/or result in better use of N fertilizer.
Flagging fertilizer prices are set for a further fall which will likely drive some high-cost Chinese producers out of business to help ease a stocks overhang and lift prices later in 2016, one of the world's largest producers, Russia's PhosAgro, said.
CF Industries Holdings, Inc. and CHS Inc. announced that they have commenced their previously announced nitrogen fertilizer strategic venture. CHS completed its $2.8 billion equity investment in CF Industries Nitrogen, LLC, a CF Industries subsidiary, and begins receiving delivery of urea and urea ammonium nitrate (UAN) from CF Industries under a long-term supply agreement.
By Dave Mengel, Soil Fertility Specialist; Dorivar Ruiz Diaz, Nutrient Management Specialist; Romulo Lollato, Wheat and Forages Specialist; and Ray Asebedo, Precision Agriculture, Kansas State University
Now is a good time to start planning for topdressing nitrogen (N) of the winter wheat crop. With adequate soil moisture in most areas of the state, and some fairly small wheat in many fields due to late planting and dry weather in early fall, there are some key elements that need to be considered when deciding on the exact program to use.
Tanking fertilizer prices have worsened the economic and budget outlook for the Canadian province of Saskatchewan, where the oil shock has already stalled growth, pushed the government into deficit and caused its bonds to underperform.
Capable of forming, filling, sealing and stacking 2000 bags an hour, Yara Stockton's new bagging equipment was inaugurated on Jan. 26, 2016. The new equipment and facility enhancements represent a $5 million investment in the Yara Stockton Dry terminal.