Developing a Nutritional Plan

High Yield Bucket #2: Nutrient Sufficiency/Efficiency

What nutrients are required to make a bushel of grain? Most growers immediately think of Nitrogen, Phosphorous, and Potassium.  Some other producers may also think about Sulfur, Zinc, and Manganese.  But it also takes a plethora of other micronutrients – such as Chlorine, Iron, Molybdenum, Aluminum, Calcium, etc – to grow a bushel of grain.  All of these nutrients can be found in a bushel of harvested grain.

Intuitively, we then also know that each additional bushel of grain removed from the field requires more of each one of those nutrients to produce. Each additional bushel may take more of a particular nutrient – for example, Nitrogen – but additional amounts of all nutrients are removed when yields are higher.  This is why – even if a particular field has ample Nitrogen – yields could be limited by a scarcity of Manganese or Zinc.

Managing these nutrients requires communicating your yield goal, knowing the composition and properties of your soils, and understanding the different formulations of fertilizers and how the nutrient timing and availability may impact your overall nutrient management plan.

Utilizing a comprehensive Nutrient Management Tool like Nourish 360 allows the user to view an overall, season-long perspective on crop nutrition, addressing different timings, types, and formulations of fertilizer to capture the optimum effectiveness of economics and agronomics. Nourish 360 takes many variables into consideration and allows producers to see where their fertility plan could be modified for maximum ROI.

Contact your Novus Ag Partner to learn more about Nourish 360.

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