Expect a whirlwind spring for fertilizer applications

An extension crops educator anticipates a whirlwind spring for fertilizer applications.

Dave Nicolai with the University of Minnesota says another wet fall will result in more fieldwork needing to get done in weeks to come.

“There will be a lot of custom applications (because) growers (might not) be able to get around fast enough. Whether they are spreading a dry product, or if they are going to be using a split application. (that has) become more and more popular with the planter, Y-drops, or something else out in the field.”

Even with an elongated spring, he tells Brownfield in-season applications will probably be common.

“I think there will be a lot of activity, and if we get the time those things will be applied. (otherwise) we could get pushed back into early May in particular.”

Nicolai says it remains to be seen how the coronavirus pandemic will impact the availability of fertilizer.

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