4R Reminders for the Fall

September 27, 2016 - The Sunrise Cooperative agronomy solutions advisors, in coordination with the Sunrise Precision Solutions team, would like to take a moment to review some key 4R Nutrient Stewardship tips for the fall.

Yield Monitor Calibrated – Keeping your yield monitor calibrated at all times will insure that the data you are logging is accurate. If you are using this data for nutrient replacement values and most likely next year’s VRS maps, it makes “cents” to make sure this data is good data. 

Do You Know Your 2016-2017 Fertility Plan – While fall is often a good opportunity to get across those fields with a fertilizer application, it also increases the risk of the amount of time those nutrients lay there before plant uptake. Make sure to go through the whole plan ahead of that fall application. Will you be making other trips across the field in the spring or early summer that P and K could be added? There could be many scenarios that need thought out ahead of time to maximize the right timing of your nutrients. 

Will You Be Using Cover Crops - Cover crops are being used more and more. A well-established cover crop, matched with the right cash crop, can return more than one benefit. They will help hold soil in place, help soil health and take up available nutrients for slower release in the spring. Rule of thumb: don’t plant a grass in a grass, and don’t plant a legume in a legume. When using cover crops, make sure to have a plan laid out in terms of planting timing to spring killing of the cover crop. If using a cover crop for the first time, try it on a limited amount of acres (those that might be at highest risk of water runoff) before using on large acre amounts. 

These are just a few tips to be thinking about as we enter into the fall harvest. If you have any questions about these, please contact your agronomy solutions adviser.

Thank you for your business and as always, be safe.