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Question: I didn’t put any wheat in last year, but am thinking I will this year because prices look good. Obviously, it’s not my main crop, so any advice you have on growing it would be much appreciated.
Question: Is it possible to increase the organic matter and/or the CEC in soil? If so, how can I do it?
Question: What can I do to control corn rootworms besides Bt seed?
Question: I am looking for an English grass (Agrostis Vulgaris seed) that I would like to rotate with on our Massachusetts farm. Any ideas on where I can purchase this seed?
Answer: Unfortunately, we’re not going to be of much help as this is not a grass we are familiar with here. You may want to try an online resource, such as www.seedland.com. Also, if anyone who reads this request knows where this grass seed can be purchased, please let us know and we’ll forward that information to the farmer wanting it. Thanks!
Question: How much boron should I use on corn and cotton rotation ground that tests low in boron and high in calcium? Is foliar the best way to apply it?
Answer: The amount of boron needed will depend on your soil test, but typically soil applications of 5 lb/A to 10 lb/A of a 10-15% boron product (0.5-1.5 lb/A actual boron) will be adequate. Follow your soil application with an in-season tissue test to verify that you’re applying the proper rate. If you’re struggling to increase the boron content of the tissue sample in the sufficient range from your soil-applied application, you may need to apply foliar treatments.