Jake's Farm Journal

Late Planting & Fall Killing Frost Concerns

The 2019 growing season has been anything but “normal” thus far. We have had well above normal precipitation, below normal heat unit accumulation and delayed planting. Moreover, the extended 3 month forecast published by NOAA and the National Weather Service calls for higher than normal probabilities of precipitation and lower than normal temperature probabilities thorough…
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2019 Nitrogen Loss and Recommendations

Nitrogen loss will be a big concern in 2019 given all the wet weather. As such and for good reason, there have been many questions regarding how much N may have been lost and what we can do to go about correcting these N loss problems. To address these concerns and questions I have made a video discussing these various issues….
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New Research Comparing Ortho/Poly-Phosphate Ratios

Given poly-phosphates are not immediately plant available and ortho-phosphates are immediately plant available, this gives the promoters of “high” ortho-phosphate starters ample opportunity to muddy the waters. Nevertheless, the facts are, poly-phosphates are rather rapidly hydrolyzed (converted to) into ortho-phosphates once applied to soils, and this hydrolysis process generally takes just 48 hrs or so to complete….
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Urea – A Poor Choice of Nitrogen Fertilizer for In-Season N Applications

  Summary Urea fertilizer, if not incorporated by tillage or precipitation, is highly susceptible to ammonia volatilization (loss to the atmosphere as ammonia gas). Uniform application of urea can be problematic due to segregation of larger and smaller urea prills and due to physical spread pattern interference from standing corn during in-season applications. Liquid UAN…
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Tar Spot Update

Jake Standal went to a meeting yesterday and seen Dr. Damon Smith with the University of Wisconsin give an update on Tar Spot. I thought Jake’s notes were extremely valuable and the most up to date relevant information I have seen to date. …
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What are Liquid Suspension Fertilizers

And Should I Consider Using Them On My Farm? Liquid fertilizers offer some unique advantages compared to dry granular fertilizers: Accurate nutrient application distribution Can be tank mixed with many pesticides Macro and micro nutrients can be evenly blended Can be easily surface or subsurface banded Liquid suspension fertilizers offer the same unique advantages and…
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Fertilizer Placement Effects Corn Vegetative Development

Liqui-Grow is conducting extensive crop management research in the 2018 growing season in northwest, IL and eastern, IA. This year, we have implemented research at 5 different sites and am conducting 25 different experiments. These experiments include simple corn hybrid evaluations, testing new fertilizer formulations, and extensive studies looking at how bacterial inoculations may interact…
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