A drought year, like we’ve seen this past year, offers a few teaching moments. AgriGold District Sales Manager Connor Rieniets, who is based at Horace, North Dakota, says the type of fertilizer used was a determining factor for some crops. “I think some of the dry fertilizers didn’t have enough rain to get the crop going,” said Rieniets. “It seems like the anhydrous fields are doing a lot better this year and in normal years you don’t see as much of a difference.” The cost of fertilizer is high, but Rieniets does not think it will have a major influence on acreage decisions. “Guys are feeling that there is a plateau for yields in the soybeans and I think we’ll see as much corn as we had this past year even with high fertilizer prices. I do think they’ll take rotation into account a bit more and we’re seeing more corn rootworm so they’re planning for that.”
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