Before making a fertilizer purchase, Nutrien Senior Agronomist Alan Blaylock wants farmers to know what the fields need. Soil test right after the combine moves through the field. “Obviously, a key part of that fall fertilizer program is the soil test. Know what you need to apply. Especially in these times of high prices, you don’t want to apply something that’s not needed.” The timing of fertilizer application, especially nitrogen, will be important. “Nitrogen can be susceptible to over winter or early spring losses if we have wet conditions. Nitrogen fertilizer should be applied late, after the soil is cold. It reduces the transformation of ammonia nitrogen to nitrates.” Hear the story.