The West Central Distribution team works with ag retailers across the country to help them understand how improvements in fertility practices will help growers reach their yield and profitability goals.
Within farming, there are a number of uncontrollable factors that are not in our control (e.g weather), but there are many things that retailers and growers can do to maximize their yield potential and optimize their return on investment to make their businesses profitable.
One of the things that they can impact is improving the nutrient efficiency to make more nutrients available to the crop. This includes getting the most value from the nutrients already present in their soil and taking full advantage of the nutrients in the fertility products they use to maximize crop yields.
The Importance Of Nutrient Availability
It is important to continue to educate growers about the importance of nutrient absorption and how it is critical throughout the lifecycle of the plant, but particularly during the plant’s early development stages. Unfortunately, crucial nutrients can get bound up in the soil and become unavailable for uptake by the plant. Unlocking these nutrients and increasing the overall nutrient efficiency is where the science of in-furrow technology becomes especially important.
As technology and understanding of nutrient uptake increases, growers are moving beyond just fertilizing acres toward a strategy of fertilizing the plants, starting with in-furrow fertilizer applications. The goal is to see better emergence from the start and then fertilize the field through broadcast applications to fulfill the plants’ needs throughout the season.
Nutrient Availability: Nitrogen Versus Phosphorous
Fertility plans and solutions that are built around the goal of maximizing nutrient efficiency will take into account existing field conditions, and will outline specific remedies for varying micronutrient deficiencies. It’s critical to ensure that nutrients are available to crops throughout the entire growing cycle, especially in the early growth stages.
For example, some growers use nitrogen stabilizers, which increase the nitrogen available to the plant by reducing the chances for volatilization, denitrification or leaching of the existing nitrogen. Outside of these situations, the amount needed by the plant can be measured directly by administering a soil test and then adjusting the amount you need to apply to the soil accordingly. What you see is what you get with nitrogen, so if it is still in the soil and hasn’t leached or volatilized, it will be available to the plants.
With phosphorus, however, what you see is not what you get. Phosphorus is particularly immobile in the soil and is often bound up, rendering it unavailable to the plant. Soil characteristics will determine how much of the phosphorus will be unavailable to the plant. In many cases, the phosphorus you add to the soil will get tied up first. Without assistance from an effective chelate or chelating agent, phosphorus can act like a chelate itself and bind or precipitate with cations, or ions with a positive charge.
Personalized Fertility Plans
Micronutrient needs differ from one soil to the next, so a good plan of action for growers is to do their research and work with an agronomist or retailer to determine a fertility solution that enhances both the nutrients already present in the soil and the nutrients that fertility inputs provide.
Optimizing both macro and micronutrients in your soil with a starter fertilizer is one great way to maximize yields and improve overall crop health. With this in mind, CHS developed their Aventine Complete™ starter fertilizer.
Aventine Complete offers a complete, balanced formula of essential macro- and micronutrients. It was designed to provide the biggest benefit to your corn acres with the nutrients necessary to help the crop reach its yield potential. Its concentrated formula also offers a low use rate making it effective and cost efficient. Aventine Complete contains ortho-ortho EDDHA chelate technology which keeps the essential nutrients in the soil and in the fertilizer more soluble and available for plant uptake.
Due to the low salt content, Aventine Complete is safe to use with in-furrow applications and will not cause injury to the seed. With Aventine Complete, you will be able to ensure your fields are accessing key nutrients and increase your bushels per acre. Multiple years of data with Aventine Complete show it increases corn yields by an average of eight bushels per acre, providing a good return on investment.
Through the Leaders of In-Furrow and Foliar Technology (LIFT2) blog, our goal is to educate growers and retailers about the benefits of in-furrow application, and share options that are available to help increase yields, improve ROI and ensure success. We’ve got a lot more information to come; stay tuned for more updates on nutrient availability and efficiency and their importance throughout the season.
To learn more about Aventine Complete and how to maximize nutrient availability in your soil, visit www.chsagservices.com.