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Nebraska farmers force to balance nitrogen due to premium prices caused by the supply chain issues

OMAHA, Nebraska – Every farmer in Nebraska is aware that there is no extra water. Therefore, if you have a small amount of excess nitrogen after losing corn crop due to climate issues, do the arithmetic and use it.

Gary Greving, a farmer of corn and soybeans in Chapman, stated that it is crucial to take soil samples in areas with drought-stressed yields in order to determine the nitrogen content. Therefore, if you need 200 units of nitrogen to produce 200 bushels, but you only have 100 units remaining, you should simply apply the hundred units and proceed from there.

In such instances, according to Greving, farmers might save money by purchasing less nitrogen, which is priced at a premium due to lingering supply chain concerns if winter weather doesn’t wash away the overstock.

Greving stated, “With our nitrogen management systems at the Central Platte NRD, we are mandated to analyze our soil and collect water samples.” “It will be crucial to address this issue in the fields, and much more so in the fields that were previously dry ground and only rain-fed, but were not this year… Every autumn and spring, we continue to discuss what we might apply to our irrigated land to increase output while using the least amount of nitrogen.

The Johnson family has farmed in Wayne County for the past 150 years. They now mostly cultivate corn, soybeans, and alfalfa. His grandfather’s methods are no longer applicable in the present day. It’s all about technology and knowing what each part of cropland is capable of, as well as adjusting to yearly changes.

“Just planning dates has been enormous,” said Johnson. “We now have several [fields] with over 150 plants, whereas two weeks ago we only planted 70. Same field, same number of corn, same everything. Everything, even the heat and thirst,

Jeremy Milander, a Nebraska Extension Water and Crops Educator, assists farmers like Johnson in becoming more productive. At the Haskell Agricultural Laboratory and farm in Concord, where Milander is employed, he was able to show a fall-recommended testing method. Before maize is made into feed, the stalks are tested to ensure that the nitrogen levels are not too high for animals to consume.

“You can use this information in conjunction with a wealth of other data to determine the efficacy of your nitrogen control,” Milander explained.

In addition, he reminds us that the efficient use of nitrogen is not solely concerned with agricultural yields and revenues. It is also important to maintain low nitrogen levels in groundwater to ensure the safety of community water supplies.

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