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Fall fieldwork wrapping up in north Iowa

Fall fieldwork is wrapping up in many parts of the Midwest.

Iowa State University Extension education specialist Dennis Johnson covers northern Iowa and says most tillage was done before winter-like conditions blew in for the Thanksgiving weekend.

“And then I think as I’ve talked to farmers, if they haven’t done the fertilizer and fall application of nitrogen, it’s only by choice they’re not doing that.”

He tells Brownfield some farmers want the fertilizer applied in the fall to save time next spring.

“It will help (them) next spring as far as getting an early start on planting and so forth. But I think some people kind of feel like you get a little more bang for their buck by waiting until spring to put that anhydrous out there and not have to worry about any nitrogen loss.”

Johnson calls yields “all across the board” in his area this year because of dry conditions and spotty rains.

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