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Is Zone Sampling a Viable Alternative to Grid Sampling?


In a previous post I have addressed the difference between zone sampling and grid sampling. From that post one could gather that I am not a big proponent of zone sampling. The reason why is because when establishing the zones … Continue reading

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A Short Note on Fertilizer Efficiency


Yesterday, I was talking with a company agronomist about their humic acid product and he was saying that the humic acid increased fertilizer efficiency enough that you could cut your fertilizer rates back by 20% and see no detrimental effect. … Continue reading

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A Word About Side-by-Side Test Plots and Replication


One of the most popular methods of evaluating new products in the field is with side-by-side test plots. The reason is because a side-by-side plot is easy to set up and easy to obtain results at harvest. But as we … Continue reading

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Foliar Nitrogen Applications: What does the Research Say?


With the overabundance of rain recently, a lot of corn is beginning to show signs of nitrogen deficiency. Because of this, there have been a lot of questions concerning foliar nitrogen applications. In particular, there is a lot of interest … Continue reading

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Delayed Posts & Planting Update


With crop planting here in Central Illinois in full swing, I’ve been unable to update this blog with any new posts. As soon as the mad rush of corn planting is over with, I should be back to a schedule … Continue reading

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Why are Food Prices Going Up?


The media and the environmentalists say the¬†high food prices¬†are a result of ethanol biofuel production. The agriculture industry says it’s because of soaring fuel prices (among other things). So who’s right and who’s wrong? I was going to make a … Continue reading

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A Recipe for Crappy Stands of Corn


Bob Nielson, Purdue University, offers this tongue-in-cheek recipe on how to get as poor of a stand of corn as possible. Of course he’s not serious, but it does serve as an important reminder that stand establishement is a very … Continue reading

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