Spring Options for Applying Nitrogen Fertilizer in 2017

With the wet conditions and delayed harvest experienced in parts of Manitoba in fall 2016, very few farmers were able to complete their fall fertilization program.  Since early seeding is important for optimizing crop yield, producers will be looking for ways to apply their N requirements efficiently without delaying the seeding operation.  In addition, soil reserves of N are variable and margins between crop revenue and input costs are modest; therefore, optimizing nitrogen fertilizer use efficiency is important.  To achieve these objectives for a spring fertilization program will require use of a 4R nutrient stewardship strategy:  applying the right rate of the right fertilizer source, with the right placement and at the right time to minimize losses of fertilizer N to the environment and optimize the crop’s access to the fertilizer.

For more detailed information, see the on-line factsheet at http://www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/crops/seasonal-reports/pubs/spring-n-options-17.pdf

Submitted by John Heard, Crop Nutrition Specialist, MB Ag

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Canadian Grain Commission’s Harvest Sample Program

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Mitchell Japp, the Provincial Cereal Crops Specialist with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture, recently wrote an article on the Canadian Grain Commission’s Harvest Sample Program – what it is, how to request a sample kit in order to submit a harvest sample, and getting results.  The complete article is available here: Harvest Sample Program.

The CGC is providing a valuable service to individual farmers and industry with the Harvest Sample Program, but it takes participation for it to work.  I would encourage Crop Chatter subscribers to click on the link and read Mitchell’s article!

 

Submitted by:  Pam de Rocquigny, Provincial Cereal Crops Specialist, Manitoba Agriculture

For more information, visit the Canadian Grain Commission page.
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Impact of Heavy Rains on Crops

Manitoba Agriculture has several factsheets on the impact of excess moisture on crop production.

For information on Seed And Seedling Survival In Flooded Conditions, please visit Manitoba Agriculture’s website at http://www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/crops/production/seed-survival-flood-conditions.html.

Or download the following articles:

What is the Extent of Crop Damage from the Heavy Rains – Updated May 2016

Managing Crops for Excess Water Stress– A detailed literature review by John Heard, Crop Nutrition Specialist, Manitoba Agriculture

Submitted by:  Pam de Rocquigny, Provincial Cereal Crops Specialist, Manitoba Agriculture

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