Corn and soybean growers are beginning to think seriously about 2011 crop input decisions. The ever-increasing world demand for feed, food, fuel and fiber will bring even greater challenges to increase yields in years to come.
To help growers make well-informed decisions on fertilizer inputs, The Mosaic Company has created a one-stop resource to provide the latest crop fertility research findings as well as a review of crop nutrition fundamentals. The "2011 Balanced Crop Nutrition Guide" is an easy-to-use online resource providing science-based management information to use in planning for next season.
"Providing plants with adequate and properly balanced nutrition is fundamental to optimizing crop production and ultimately increasing yields," says Dan Froehlich, agronomist with The Mosaic Company, a fertilizer company. "Many factors have influenced farmers' approach to crop nutrition in recent years. We believe information in our new guide will help farmers better understand crop nutrition and make informed decisions as they plan their soil fertility program for 2011."
Balance production, manage costs, respect the environment
"By better understanding crop needs and nutrient interactions, we hope growers will be better prepared to balance optimizing production, managing costs and practicing sound stewardship," Froehlich adds.
The Guide also provides an up-to-date snapshot of soil fertility levels around the country, and what the potential impact of these levels is on crop yields. It also includes new thinking from university researchers, crop nutrition best management practices from innovative growers, and facts about the latest advancements in fertilizer technology.
Research points out new hybrids require greater nutrition
One recent research project highlighted in the guide involves the popular corn rootworm–resistant technology found in many corn hybrids. In 2010, 47% of U.S. corn acres were planted to stacked-trait, insect-resistant hybrids. Preliminary research results at the University of Illinois show the nutrient uptake of hybrids resistant to corn rootworm is greater than their non-resistant counterparts.
"This research shows that plants with this new technology won't perform to their fullest potential if we're not fertilizing them properly," says Froehlich. "Growers need this type of information so they can get the most from their investment in seed technology."
The guide can be found on Back-to-Basics.net, where site visitors can view the digital publication, download or print articles, or order printed copies of the full guide from The Mosaic Company. "Our company is committed to being a resource to the industry and helping growers achieve higher yields through balanced crop fertility," says Froehlich.
Information and data on the website is updated regularly
Back-to-Basics.net was launched 10 years ago, an education effort to foster awareness and best practices in soil fertility management. Mosaic regularly updates and maintains the content of the website with the latest agronomic information and research data, keeping it a relevant tool for growers looking to achieve profitable crop production through optimized soil fertility levels.
The Mosaic Company is one of the world's leading producers and marketers of concentrated phosphate and potash crop nutrients. Mosaic is a single-source provider of phosphates and potash fertilizers and feed ingredients for the global ag industry. More information is available at www.mosaicco.com.