Another predominately dry week allowed many farmers across Latham Country to complete harvest and concentrate on fall tillage and fertilizer application, according to the Oct. 31 crop report by USDA’s Iowa Field Office. John Sawyer, Iowa State University professor of agronomy with research responsibilities in soil fertility and nutrient management, reminds farmers to be mindful of soil conditions at the time of application.
“If you make an application round in the field, and you can still smell ammonia from that application, then you should make adjustments or wait for better conditions,” writes Sawyer in the article, Anhydrous & Dry Soils, published Oct. 28 by Integrated Crop Management News.
Temperatures continue to be above normal throughout the Upper Midwest. Many farmers are concerned with the hard, dry soils as cooler weather approaches. Select a territory in the map below to view a region’s most recent crop report, provided by Latham’s regional sales managers.
Temperatures have been above average up to this point but are expected to plummet today as a rain/snow mix is forecast. Harvest is quickly wrapping up. Soil conditions are on the dryside and still reaching the 60s, but a few growers have started applying anhydrous. Quite a bit of fall tillage has already been done and many corn stalks are being bailed. Remember to account for nutrient loss when removing stalks.
Nearly all of the corn in Central Iowa is harvested and should be 100% finished with good weather conditions this week. Fields are turning black as fall tillage continues, and farmers are starting to apply fall anhydrous as the soil cools down.
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