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To credit or not to credit nitrogen following fallow fields?

By: Dan Kaiser & Fabian Fernandez, Extension nutrient management specialists
A previous blog post mentioned a potential nitrogen (N) credit for a crop following a fallow situation. The current U of M guidelines suggest that up to a 75-pound N credit can be taken when a crop follows fallow conditions. To be clear, fallow includes only situations where a crop was not grown during the previous cropping season and does not include situations where a crop that may induce fallow syndrome is grown. Going into the 2020 growing season, growers may be wondering: Should I take any additional N credits? Under what circumstances should I credit N? Where does this N credit come from?

Under normal N crediting circumstances we assume that a plant, such as a legume like soybean or alfalfa, is biologically fixing nitrogen which may in turn be available to the following year’s crop. Under fallow conditions when no crop is growing, where would a potential N credit come from? Mineralization of N in …
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By Lizabeth Stahl, Extension Educator – Crops; Anna Cates, Soil Health Specialist; and Lisa Behnken, Extension Educator - Crops

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“Essential Row Crop Management” Spring 2020 Webinar Series

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By Lizabeth Stahl and Lisa Behnken, U of MN Extension Educators in Crops; Angela Rieck-Hinz and Meaghan Anderson, Field Agronomists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach; and Phyllis Bongard, U of MN Educational Content Development & Communications Specialist

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Webinar: Managing Corn and Soybean in Storage for Maximum Quality and Safety, March 31

By Lizabeth Stahl, Extension Educator - Crops

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Dr. Ken Hellevang, Agricultural Engineer at North Dakota State University, will present his recommendations for managing corn and soybean in on-farm storage on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 from 8:00 to 9:00 CST.