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Fall nitrogen risk reward

An agronomist warns growers fall nitrogen applications are riskier than in the spring.

Alan Blaylock with Nutrien says fall-applied N will sit in the soil a long time before a crop is there to use it.

“So think about that risk, think about the soil types. If you’re in a sandy soil you really shouldn’t be putting nitrogen on in the fall. If you’re in a high rainfall area where you get a lot of winter and early spring rain, that creates more risk.”

He tells Brownfield fall nitrogen is a bit safer in drier areas where soils stay frozen overwinter.

Fall nitrogen risk reward