With harvest continuing and a wet fall, the pace of soil sampling has been slow across the region. Mosaic territory sales manager Sherry Koch says the samples that have come in are low. “When we’re fertilizing for 180-to-200 bushel corn and pulling 220-to-250 bushel per acre corn, we need to be mindful that we’re not mining too much out of our soil and we replace what we’re using.” Once the crop comes off, Koch says a soil test should be a priority. Fall fertilization is also advised. “We’ve all seen those crazy springs where everything happens in a four-to-six week period. This past year, a few retailers I know struggled to get the product on in a timely manner.” More corn and wheat will likely be planted next spring, two crops that utilize a fair amount of fertilizer.
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