With many growers wrapping up harvest this week, the focus will turn to post-harvest chores. Fertility and tillage top the list of things to be done. Most corn growers took off some very good yields this year and, as a result, will need to replenish their soil fertility. Brian Schrader with Pioneer said, “If you have taken of a big corn or soybean crop, you are going to have to go back in and figure what that removal rate was. You may be shorting next year’s crop if you took off a significant crop this year.” He told HAT he has been recommending that customers may need to apply some supplemental fertilizer to insure the 2019 crop has what it needs.
Schrader says another issue confronting many farmers this fall will be soil compaction. “You are definitely seeing some things show up this year. I have been talking with many customers about doing some deep tillage this fall to break up that compaction.” Schrader says rain may hamper this effort this fall but urges producers to consider addressing soil compaction before next planting season.