How to Manage Nitrogen in a Drought

July 25, 2012 12:02 AM

Nitrogen uptake and loss is completely different under drought conditions. Here’s how to plan for next year.

A plus in a dry year is your risk of nitrogen loss is greatly reduced, says Ken Ferrie, Farm Journal field agronomist.

"It’s been a very nitrogen-friendly year. We see some pretty decent nitrogen levels holding in the soil."



Because nitrogen loss is so low this year, if your crop is showing a nitrogen deficiency, you should definitely reassess your nutrient management plan. Identify nitrogen deficiencies this year so you can better weatherproof your corn next year, Ferrie says.

"It all comes back to timing and placement. You have to have enough nitrogen there at the right time."

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