Fertilizer

Tractor planting field
The best time to use starter is when the field is deficient in one or more nutrients.

Starter Fertilizer — When is it Needed?

March 24, 2022
As planting season begins, farmers often question if starter fertilizer is providing yield and economic benefits. This article reviews the two main reasons to use a starter and recommendations for a successful application. 

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Pasture landscape

Pasture and Forage Minute: Pasture Rental Rates, Cool-season Grass Fertilizer

March 23, 2022
Extension educators review preliminary results from the Nebraska Farm Real Estate Market survey on pasture rental rates, and tips on fertilizing cool-season grass pastures.

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Fertilizer spraying
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Fertilizer Costs: What is Driving the Increase and How Can Growers Manage It?

February 9, 2022
An in-depth analysis of the factors influencing fertilizer prices in 2022, as well as recommendations for managing input costs.

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Pasture grass

Pasture and Forage Minute: RFV and RFQ Explained, Pasture Fertilization Costs

December 21, 2021
Nebraska Extension Educator Ben Beckman breaks down Relative Feed Value and Relative Forage Quality and how to use these values to estimate feed quality, and Todd Whitney discusses whether fertilizer investments are cost-effective right now.

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A Perfect Storm in Fertilizer Markets

December 2, 2021
Ag industry professionals review the elements at the root of steep increases in phosphorus and nitrogen fertilizers prices this year.

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Tractor in field

Suggestions for Planning for Rising Fertilizer Prices and Bull Markets

November 30, 2021
Extension educators review how Nebraska farmers can make the best purchase decisions for 2022 as fertilizer and input prices continue to rise.

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Tractor in field
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2022 Cost of Production Increases, Expected Profit and Navigating a Riskier Financial Environment

October 19, 2021
In this article, UNL professionals discuss the 2022 cropping year by examining increases in input prices, expected profit and risk management.

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Farmer using online tool in field
Brandon Schirmer sprays defoliant on one of the fields at his father's multi-crop 1,014-acre farm, in Batesville, Texas, on Aug. 12, 2020. (Lance Cheung/USDA)

Rising Fuel and Input Prices: Adjusting Enterprise Budgets and Tracking Cost of Production

April 22, 2021
With input expenses on the rise, Extension Educator Glennis McClure analyzes the current cost of production and breakeven estimates for 2021.

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