Product Spotlight: Starter Fertilizers

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Are your rows set up for success this year?

When crops are in the vegetative growth stage, they most certainly need adequate nutrition. We have seen big yield differences in crops that had row starter fertilizer and in those that did not. Their root systems are something we dig up and learn from year after year. We wanted to re-share some important questions you might ask yourself going into the 2019 planting season.

What are starter fertilizers?

Starter fertilizers use a small amount of plant nutrients per acre placed in close proximity to the seed, typically at planting.

Why are starter fertilizers important?

Starter fertilizers can help enhance impeded root growth caused by weather, seedbed conditions, or other factors. Starter fertilizer can increase stand uniformity throughout a field, even when early season stresses occur.

When are starter fertilizers most beneficial?

Starter fertilizers can help increase early season vigor in many field conditions. Research has shown the greatest results in vigor and yield in no-till, reduced till, northern states, fields with low soil test phosphorus, and for growers who plant early in cool, wet conditions.

What is a fertilizer additive?

A fertilizer additive increases the number of plant-essential nutrients to complete your existing starter fertilizer. Fertilizer additives can also increase the efficiency of your starter by assuring the nutrients are plant-available.

Are there any other benefits to starter fertilizers and additives?

Many studies show a decrease in grain moisture content in fields treated with starter fertilizers. If grain moisture was reduced 1%, then at 150 bu/A the use of starter fertilizer can result in $6/ac savings in drier cost, based on the average Midwest cost of propane.

Row starter fertilizer is becoming an effective program that many farmers are incorporating. We carry a line of row starter fertilizers from Innova Performance Products. These products have shown benefits to early root growth and high yielding crops. Below is a video with Jake Straub from Performance Nutrition on the impacts from using a starter program on corn and soybeans.

 

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