Soil Fertility

soybean showing boron toxicity

Soybean Micronutrient Management in Southeast Nebraska: Boron

October 29, 2020
In soybeans, boron is needed for cell walls during cellular expansion and normal development of nitrogen-fixing root nodules. Overall, soybeans are rather insensitive to boron deficiency but very sensitive to toxicity, including scorching/necrosis on the leaf edges.

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links to New Series on Soybean Micronutrient Management in Southeast Nebraska

New Series on Soybean Micronutrient Management in Southeast Nebraska

October 8, 2020
We are bringing you an extended series of CropWatch articles on micronutrient fertility and plant nutrition for soybean production in southeast Nebraska.

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farmer in corn field

Towards 4Rs Nutrient Stewardship Concept: An Illustration of N Rate and Timing for Optimizing Corn Yield and Profits

August 11, 2020
The 4Rs is a nutrient management and water stewardship approach which emphasizes fertilizer use with the right source, right rate, right time, and right placement of fertilizers.

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Panhandle Soil Health Workshop info

First Panhandle Soil Health Workshop Set for March 3 in Bridgeport

February 5, 2020
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln will sponsor the first Panhandle Soil Health Workshop in Bridgeport next month. The half-day event will take place on March 3 from 8-11:30 a.m. in the Prairie Winds Community Center.

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watering cornfield

Crediting Essential Nutrients Applied in Irrigation Water

December 18, 2019
Crediting some of the nitrate-N applied in irrigation water for determination of fertilizer-N rates has long been advised in Nebraska.

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Soil Amendments

December 9, 2019
Soil amendments are any materials that when added to soil will improve its properties and processes. Amendments such as lime, gypsum, manure, or biochar can provide many benefits to production systems by improving soil chemical, physical, and biological properties. Some examples of production benefits from amendments include raising pH, adding nutrients, increasing soil organic matter, mitigating salt-affected soils, and improving soil water storage.

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Soil probe

Soil Sampling for Better Fertilization Decisions

December 3, 2019
Recommendations for collecting soil samples to ensure the quality results needed for good management decisions about fertilizer, manure, and lime application rates.

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Graph of potential N loss

Considerations for Fall Fertilizer-Nitrogen Application

October 30, 2019
Fall fertilizer applications offer cost savings and time management benefits, but also may contribute to increased soil nitrate-N leaching. With Nebraska's high soil moisture levels, consider these suggestions when applying nitrogen this fall.

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