As you evaluate the cost of inputs, consider this: Only focusing on expenses without subsequent income changes is misleading. The most profitable plan uses the most profitable inputs. Is a starter fertilizer one of those inputs? The authors look at university and grower research under various conditions to see when a starter fertilizer offers economic benefits.
A review of 10 years of soybean research shows that reducing your seeding rate from 150,000 to 120,000 seeds/acre can result in a $10.69/acre savings without affecting yield (assuming a $60/unit seed cost at 140,000 seeds/unit).
Jerry Mulliken discusses what he's learned from conducting more than 30 research studies on his farm near Nickerson, Nebraska. On-farm research provides meaningful information specific to a farm's soils, farming practices, and local conditions, allowing growers to make management decisions with confidence. Learn more from a farmer's perspective in this article and video.
Bryon Chvatal of Prague has been conducting trials through the Nebraska On-Farm Research Network for the last 10-12 years, each season taking 40-80 acres to test a practice, product or machinery change. He farms a “mostly dryland,” no-till corn-soybean rotation.
Results from more than 70 on-farm research projects conducted in Nebraska in 2016 will be shared at meetings scheduled for five Nebraska sites. These research projects cover products, practices, and new technologies that impact farm productivity and profitability.