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Don't Let the Rain Wash Away Your Profits

June 13, 2013
By: Jen Russell, AgWeb.com Managing Editor google + 
Corn Field After Rain
  

Wet weather brings its own set of agronomic concerns—and those can cut into your profits. Margins expert Chris Barron explains.

It's no secret that in much of the Corn Belt, it's been a wet spring. With wet weather making it difficult for farmers to get in the fields, planting dates have been all over the calendar.

Having such a variance in planting dates means that farmers need to be ready for a lot of different situations this year, says Chris Barron, Iowa farmer and AgWeb margins expert.

Barron recently held a meeting on his farm to address questions that area farmers had about late planting. One of the key topics of discussion was agronomic issues.

Barron explains:

 

Watch Out for N Loss

The biggest agronomic concern in wet weather, says Barron, is probably nitrogen loss. In periods of repeated rainy weather, fields can lose nitrogen at a rate of up to 3% per day. And that, Barron notes, can quickly add up to dollars.

"We really need to be thinking about that," Barron says. "We're going to have to add to our cost of production."

Download a corn nitrogren rate calculator.

Get the most out of nitrogen.

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