A record soybean harvest and trade disputes with China may result in storage challenges for soybean producers. While storing soybeans can be trying even under ideal conditions, things may get even more unpredictable this year.
One of the most important farm management practices is scouting fields. While some farmers may hire a commercial scouting service, farmers should perform at least some scouting on their own so they can see for themselves how their crops are performing.
For the first time in years, fertilizer costs for corn are on the rise. Economists say that fertilizer costs for corn could increase $15 per acre next year while fertilizer costs for soybeans could increase by about $5 per acre.
There are decided advantages to fall fertilizer application. It reduces the workload from the spring to fall and seed operations can be dramatically improved. It also helps to reduce fertilizer handling when seeding. There is a financial benefit, as well, since fertilizer prices are usually lower in the fall.
Leaving corn residue on fields provides a protective blanket for soil. This reduces erosion and water runoff by increasing water infiltration. But as good as this sounds, many farmers understandably ask, “How much residue is too much?”