Water stress and nutrient deficiency
Finally, in some situations as the soil dries out the distance might become so large that the ion is not available to the plant at all (as represented by the ion closest to the bottom of Figure 2). This situation is what we are seeing in many fields, which have adequate potassium levels, but as far as the plant is concerned, the nutrient is too far out of reach.
While irrigation is the only option for solving the drought problems we are seeing in much of the state, this year can teach us some important lessons. I recommend for the future that you minimize the effect of drought by ensuring that whatever water is present in the soil is protected to be used by the crop. Some farmers have seen firsthand this year how much water weeds can take up when not treated early in the season. Similarly, too much tillage has in some situations caused unnecessary water evaporation from the soil, and those fields are running out of water sooner than fields that were managed more carefully.
- Pre-harvest weed control in row crops
- Corn in great shape as harvest takes off
- Cargill fires first shot in legal battle over GMO trade
- Beck's begins construction on London, Ohio, facility
- Wheat gene discovery clears way for non-GMO breeding
- Sugarcane aphids confirmed on sorghum in Southern High Plains
- U.S. GMO labeling foes triple spending in first half of this year
- Activists fighting Golden Rice even more in 2014
- Source shows half of GMO research is independent
- White House issues veto threat on bill to block WOTUS rule
- Stoller soybean research produces 214 bushels per acre
- Ag markets turned generally mixed Monday morning