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The 2014 growing season presented many challenges as growers attempted to get their nitrogen management program just right. The very wet spring resulted in significant losses of 50 lbs./acre nitrogen or greater especially on saturated medium to heavy textured soils. Leaching of large amounts of nitrogen occurred on lighter textured soils in some areas. Loss of nitrogen limits opportunity to achieve high yields. Leaching encourages late season nitrogen uptake and frequently reduces crop quality.
Variety selection occurs too early without accurate trial data from this year to guide decisions. Be ready to change variety choices after reviewing 2014 data when it becomes available.
Consider these factors when making choices for 2015
Regardless of Cercospora severity American Crystal Sugar Company strongly recommends applying Headline in late August or very early September. Keep your canopy healthy and harvest and deliver better storing beets. Note: Tank mix with another fungicide if you have Headline resistance in your area.
Zone Fertility Management has increased profit by more than $50 per acre compared to conventional soil sampling and fertilizer application.
Consider sampling fields and sending the samples to the Quality Lab to determine which fields will maximize prepile payments.