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March 21, 2014

There’s Still Time to Get Nutrients Out of Crop Residue This Spring

Posted by Elese Orrell

With last year’s late harvest and the cold weather across the country, some growers will see more than the usual amount of crop residue in their fields this spring. The good news is that there is still time to get valuable nutrients out of that residue and into the soil for plants to use this growing season. One of the best tools to do this is Accomplish LM, which contains concentrated biochemistry that accelerates residue breakdown and speeds the conversion of nutrients into plant-available forms. By using Accomplish LM for residue breakdown in the fall or spring, growers can increase their nutrient efficiency and see improved yields at the end of the season.

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Topics: Crop Residue, Iowa, Corn, Accomplish LM

January 23, 2014

Creating a Better Strip-Till Program

Posted by Elese Orrell

Strip-till banding and root zone banding (RZB) allow growers to apply plant nutrition in a band in the tilled zone while leaving residue undisturbed for soil and moisture conservation purposes. Strip-till is common in Central and Western states—such as Kansas, Colorado, Nebraska, and Oklahoma—where the climate is more arid and there is less rainfall compared to the Central Corn Belt.

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Topics: Iowa, Kansas, Strip-till, Accomplish LM

December 22, 2013

Growing a Better Soybean Crop in a Corn-Soybean Rotation

Posted by Elese Orrell

As we have previously shown, Accomplish LM can be used to help release and mineralize nutrients in high residue fields. Given the high potassium levels in corn stover and the high potassium demand for a soybean crop, this is a perfect situation for using a residue application of Accomplish LM to improve plant performance (Figures 1-3) and gain a yield advantage in the coming soybean crop (Figure 4).

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Topics: Soybeans, North Dakota, Crop Residue, Iowa, Accomplish LM

December 19, 2013

Maximizing Residue Breakdown and Nutrient Release After Late Harvest

Posted by Elese Orrell

By Stephen Sexton, Director of Technical Sales (@AgricenLifer), Agricen

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Topics: Crop Residue, Iowa, Corn, Accomplish LM

April 5, 2012

Biocatalyst Tools Can Increase Corn Nitrogen Uptake without Additional N Application

Posted by Agricen

In continuous no-till corn, crop residues with a high carbon-to-nitrogen (C:N) ratio (about 60:1) can build up. When this happens, the soil microorganisms responsible for decomposing crop residue compete with the plant for nitrogen (N). A C:N ratio of 30:1 or lower is required for the soil microorganisms to effectively decompose crop residues without immobilizing the soil N needed by the growing plants.

Some growers have tried to address this issue by applying additional N to the soil to lower the C:N ratio, minimize microbial competition for plant N, and improve corn yield.

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Topics: Crop Residue, Iowa, Corn, Accomplish LM, Ag Biologicals & Biostimulants