As wheat producers prepare for next season's crop, advanced technology is offering the opportunity to maximize a vital crop input--nitrogen fertilizer.
With grain prices declining this past summer and constant unpredictable fertilizer prices, farmers are looking for ways to save money while maximizing their yield potential with the use of nitrogen.
"The biggest effect of poor nitrogen application is financial," said Kent Martin, certified crop advisor and southwest area crops and soils specialist at Kansas State University. "Over-application costs money that will likely not be recuperated, but under-application restricts yields and decreases gross income. The trick is to get it right time after time."
Farmers face a tough decision when pennies need to be pinched. While they know their fields need fertilizer, many farmers will opt out of applying nitrogen to reduce crop input costs.