3 Tips for Enhancing Your Nutrient Management
Nutrient management is critical to any grower’s success. And while we continually focus on improving nutrient management in the ag industry, ever-present challenges still exist.
Chances are you’re already familiar with these pain points, but let’s start by outlining some common challenges growers encounter when trying to better manage soil nutrients.
Balancing your nutrient needs with your bottom line. Profitability is important. But so are your field’s nutrient needs. Fertilizer costs per acre are in constant flux, as is the nutrient requirement per acre. The money you have allocated for the year may or may not meet the nutrient needs of your field. So, do you spend more on fertilizer? Or do you miss out on being able to attain optimal yield? Below we touch on the power of seeking out a true agronomic solution.
Addressing site-specific problems. Within your fields, you already know you have high-yielding acres and low-yielding acres. You may even know why these specific areas perform differently, but you may not have the means to do something about it. Access to equipment and technology can pose challenges when trying to address these inconsistencies. Do you have a machine capable of variable rate seeding and nutrient application? While the benefits of this technology are clear, it may require a significant investment.
Data availability and consumption. At Granular, we believe that data should drive decisions. The more data, the more knowledge you have at your fingertips to make the smartest decisions for your operation. But data can be pretty ambiguous and come from all angles. What is available to you? And what are you able to do with that data?
Sure, these challenges may be daunting at times. But luckily, we are in the business of solutions. Below are three key tips to enhance your nutrient management this season.
- Maintain regular and consistent nutrient testing. It is a good practice to fall into regular and consistent sampling when it comes to your fields. If you last took samples in the spring, the next time you pull samples from your fields should be in the spring as well. Collecting and assessing data on a regular schedule allows you to measure and understand what matters most and adapt your plan. Granular Insights lets you see what’s working field by field and which acres are holding you back.
Related Post: Soil Sampling 101: How to Check Your Fertility Account
- Variable rate. Variable rate. Variable rate. Put simply, pay for and place fertilizer where it’s needed and where it’s going to provide a return. We know not every acre is the same, so base your fertilizer application on attributes specific to established nutrient management zones. Variable rate technology gives growers the ability to prioritize high return areas and identify why other areas may be low yielding. Getting the most out of every input while hitting your yield targets relies on knowing when, where, and how much to apply.
You can lean on Granular’s agronomic expertise backed by decades of field-tested, proprietary research and based on patented Decision Zone technology that accounts for weather, soil and topography, irrigation and crop modeling. Learn more about how variable rate can mean more profit for your farm.
- Have a plan in place. Establish a relationship with an advisor or local field agronomy team to create a customized plan for your field and your bottom line. It’s crucial for this plan to take in all data available to drive your decisions.
Granular Certified Service Agents (CSA) can work with you to assess soil samples, yield data, elevation and satellite imagery to name just a few data sources. Together, we can find ways to collect more information to create the clearest picture of your personalized nutrient management needs. Ensure your #plant21 plan is set up for success by working with your CSA and utilizing our 2021 Planting Guide to distill data for your state.
The team at Granular can help you develop your customized approach to nutrient management. Take control of field variability with expert advice by requesting a demo of Granular Agronomy.
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