Fields where corn is chopped require additional fertilizer

Growers who chopped corn because of drought damage or for cattle feed need to consider fertility implications.

“When you remove the whole plant instead of the just the kernel, you’re removing a lot more nutrients from that acre,” said Cody Cornelius, an agronomist for Mycogen Seeds.

That fertility needs to be replaced in fields that have been chopped, Cornelius told Brownfield Ag News.

“When it comes to fall and comes time to put fertilizer on you will be needing to put higher rates of fertilizer back on that acre,” he said.

Missouri farmers most effected by severe drought chopped corn that would have yielded poorly because of the lack of growing season rain.

AUDIO: Cody Cornelius (8 min. MP3)

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