Excessive water and crops – 5 things you need to know

Excessive water and crops – 5 things you need to know What does too much rain mean to your crops? By Chris Clark, WI-CCA, AgSource August was the first month I recorded below average precipitation for 2019 in northeastern Wisconsin where I live. With record-breaking precipitation totals being recorded around the state, what is the […]

Spring Manure Applications

Spring Manure Applications GOT NUTRIENTS?  FOUR THINGS TO REMEMBER BEFORE SPRING MANURE APPLICATIONS As the temperatures start to climb and the snow melts, we are all looking ahead to spring fieldwork. If applying manure is in your plans, stop and consider these four factors before getting out in the fields this spring.  1- Spring Weather […]

Share the Love With Your Soil

Share the Love With Your Soil Here are a few tips, just in time for Valentine’s Day, on how to show your soil some extra love this season.   More Organic MatterBuilding up organic matter levels can be a good place to start, says Dr. Jim Friedericks, AgSource Laboratories’ Outreach and Education Advisor. Increasing the […]

Three Components Of Soil Health

Three Components Of Soil Health The NRCS defines soil health as “The continued capacity of soil to function as a vital living ecosystem that sustains plants, animals and humans.” But what exactly does that mean? Let’s start by looking at the three components of soil: physical, chemical and biological. Physical The physical characteristics of soil […]

Got Nutrients? Manage Manure this Fall

Got Nutrients? Manage Manure this Fall Nutrients Happen. Test to know what nutrients you’re applying this fall. What’s in your manure?  Animals eliminate, via manure or urine, around 75% of the nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium nutrients they consume. That means manure and compost are valuable sources of plant nutrients. Collect manure samples before you spread so you […]

Corn Stalk Nitrate Testing

Corn Stalk Nitrate Testing To evaluate nitrogen, take a closer look at corn stalks… End of season corn stalk testing helps give insight into how well nitrogen fertilizer was utilized by the corn plant. These results won’t change your yield, but it provides more data to use for future management decisions. “There isn’t a visible sign […]

Higher Yields Don’t Always Mean More Nitrogen

Higher Yields Don’t Always Mean More Nitrogen With the cold, wet spring weather, planting has been delayed in much of the Midwest. As farmers hustle to get seeds in the ground, we’re looking ahead to the next big question – is there enough nitrogen?   “Although corn yields have risen steadily in the past 50 years, […]

Max Time Spent Plant Tissue Sampling

Max Time Spent Plant Tissue Sampling Before you begin sampling in the field this season, do what you can to ensure you’re getting the best sample and making the most from your time spent. “It’s very important to take a plant tissue sample from the correct plant part,” says Dr. Jim Friedericks, Outreach and Education […]

3 Soil Sampling Reminders

3 Soil Sampling Reminders Each year, growers take special care selecting the best seed varieties and planning out fertilizer and chemical applications. But have you taken time to consider which soil sampling strategy is best for your farm? Soil testing is the foundation for a well-planned fertilizer management program, but can you plan a soil […]

Soybean Cyst Nematodes a Growing Concern

Soybean Cyst Nematodes a Growing Concern This year, the laboratory has already seen unusually high Soybean Cyst Nematode (SCN) egg counts. Female nematodes started showing up in fields in early June, and in some cases, in as little as 26 days after planting.   Soil samples from the first week of June contained egg counts ranging from 1,100 […]