With the high cost of nitrogen and a delay in spring planting, NDSU Extension Soil Scientist Dave Franzen encourages farmers to match nitrogen to yield potential. Especially in the northern Red River Valley. “On our nitrogen calculator, we have high productivity on anything above 70 bushels per acre. I think we should back off on that a little bit. If we aren’t going to get in the field until the middle of May, the chances of having hot weather to trim those last 10 to 20 bushels off the top is going to be a real thing. I’d use medium productivity for wheat.” There is some room to back the nitrogen off on the wheat and still have a good crop. “It could be a good plan for corn, too.”
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