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Shaggy98
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Side Dressing

Reading ECIN's post on the Purdue test plot sparked a question in my mind.  I'm trying to move my farm forward to achieve better and higher yields of all crops.  In the last 2 years I've switched to 100% no-till as well as implementing a 3 crop rotation (corn, winter wheat, grain sorghum) where I will have no stacked crops starting in 2014.  It took me a couple years to get all the farms in the proper rotation.  I've also been experimenting with cover crop blends on a few acres but the weather hasn't been very friendly with the cover crops.  I am fortunate enough to farm in an area that has very little if any N leaching mainly due to low precipitation amounts.  It is necessary for me to sidedress any crops?  I've been using N stabilizers the last 2 years and the residual N has been rather impressive.  This could be from a couple of reasons, 1. Drought has stressed crops beyond fertilizer uptake, or 2. N stabilizer has been doing its job, or a combination of the 2.  If I apply enough preplant fertilizer and use pop-up at planting, would I even see a yield bump if I were to sidedress?

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