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Watch Seed Placed Fertilizer Rates!

Submitted by: John Heard, MAFRI Crop Nutrition Specialist

Soil moisture conditions vary widely across the province.  Those seeding into dry soils should be aware of the increased risk of damage to germination and establishment.  Placing fertilizer with the seed is a choice of compromises – crop response to added nutrients and ease of application versus stand injury.  Phosphorus is the nutrient of top priority to reserve for seed placement.  Others such as nitrogen and sulphur have flexibility in soil movement and can be placed elsewhere.  For more specifics on safe placed fertilizer rates see:

 http://www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/crops/soil-fertility/safe-rates-of-seed-placed-phosphorus-for-manitoba–narrow-row-and-row-crops.html

 http://www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/crops/soil-fertility/seed-placed-nitrogen-fertilizer—a–second-opinion-please.html

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