Thursday, March 7, 2013
Management Tips for 2013 and Beyond
Dana Nanda wrote "Set the table for higher yields in 2013" in the February issue of Prairie Farmer. Yes I am getting current on my reading list. The article is well done, but the headline is a little misleading because some of the advice applies long term. If a producer has not been managing well, it is hard to get caught up in one year. The advice about matching inputs to realistic yields is a good one. Don't go with the 40,000 seed population on your 120 bushel corn ground. He says a lot about soil fertility and soil testing most of which I agree with. There does need to be some order to implementing some of the practices. For example, there is no use messing around with applying micro-nutrients until you have calcium and magnesium levels where they need to be. Accurate planting is a must with high populations. Just a little bit of skipping or doubling on seed corn placement can mess you up. I am all in favor of crop rotations and cover crops but to realize the advantage of cover crops, time is required. One thing I would add is that you need to be thinking about narrow row soybeans if you are in 30 inch rows.