With fertilizer prices skyrocketing, University of Minnesota Extension Nutrient Management Specialist Dan Kaiser is fielding questions from farmers. “One of those questions is about starter fertilizer. Farmers want to know if they can do in-furrow alone and it all depends on soil test values to know where you’re at.” Specialty products could be an option, but Kaiser urge caution. “The only time I’ve seen the benefits of those is when we’ve seen wet soils that respond to side-dress nitrogen applications. If you’re looking at biostimulants as a way to trim back some of the costs, be careful and look at the data.”
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