The 2018 growing season in the Upper Midwest has been bookended by difficult weather. CHS Senior Vice President of Agronomy Gary Halvorson says the fall fertilizer season was less-than-ideal, complicating the spring application season. “Farmers are going to have to link tighter and tighter than ever to a retailer that is connected to a supply chain; asking the hard questions of the retailer, do you have a plan for me?” Cash flow is being stressed on the farm and at the retail level. That may influence the strategy for crop nutrition. “Multiple applications of nitrogen is going to be more common in 2019 and we should be looking at that anyway in 2019 and 2020 and spread out the risk. How much do I need pre-plant? what do I need post-plant? What do I need for corn pre-tassel? That extends the entire supply chain’s ability to bring the systems up and the product closer to the farm.”
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