Should N Rates on Corn Change as You Move North? A CropConnect Preview

How much nitrogen (N) does a corn crop really need? Are split applications the way to go? What’s the biggest risk of N loss in a Western Canadian crop setting? As King Corn marches north and west, these are the questions that need answers if you’re going to go from being a farmer who grows corn, to a corn grower.

To that end, Dr. David Franzen, with North Dakota State University, has been working on several soil fertility projects using actual data from Western Canada. It’s important to work in site-specific data points, Franzen says, as it’s not really Canadian cold weather that impacts corn crop needs, but the specific soil type the corn grows on. Weather does factor in to total nitrogen loss rates and risks, however, which he discusses in the interview below.

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This interview is a preview to the discussion Franzen will present at the inaugural CropConnect conference in Manitoba. Slated for February 18 and 19, 2014 at the Victoria Inn in Winnipeg, Man., CropConnect is a new conference put on by five producer groups and featuring engaging concurrent sessions and top-notch keynote speakers. Click here for more information and to register.

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Shaun Haney

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