I've heard that my corn's entire yield potential is determined very early on in the growing season. I'm already putting starter on with my planter, 5 gallons/acre, is there anything else I can do to make sure my crop gets off to the best start possible?
Data continues to emphasize the value of high nitrogen availability from planting until full maturity. 30 pounds or more of ammonium N close to the row at planting, or immediately after planting is essential to allow the plant to express its genetic yield potential. Broadcasting high rates of N at pre-plant can help with the initial N needs of the plant. If the N is worked into the soil, it can become diluted and is not as effective as N placed close in the row. Placing N close to the row will help supplement the N need in the first crucial 30 days after planting. A starter (pop-up) fertilizer in the row or beside the row at the rate of 3-5 gallons to the acre will also help early season phosphorus uptake. More applied phosphorus fertilizer will be available if AVAIL is added to the starter.
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