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Learn how to manage your inputs and fertilizers to produce the highest quality corn while still being sustainable and ecologically sound.

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Deciding What Amount of Nutrients to Apply

This table shows the means (mass flow, diffusion or intercep­tive root growth) by which nutrients are taken up through the roots.

Soil samples are prepared to run through analysis.

Water-Soluble Soil Tests for Crops

Plant tissue testing, as done by most labs, is not as informative as water-soluble soil tests. Tissue tests only test the soluble contents of the cells.

organic manure added to a field

Adding Organic Manure to Your Crops

Manures are an excellent source of nitrogen.

nutrient uptake chart

How Do I Decide What Amount of Nutrients to Apply to My Corn?

Nutrients like calcium, boron and manganese travel primarily in the xylem or the water transport system of the plant.

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A farmer liming his fields after harvest.

Lime Restocks the Soil

When limestone is put on the soil, it accepts acidity from the clay, just as other minerals do in the rock weathering processes.

Courtesy of Art of Balancing Soil Nutrients.

How to Read Tissue Analysis to Determine Corn Crop Health

Tissue analysis is a great way to verify soil additive claims. I am sure everyone has heard many claims about using this or that product will release nutrients locked up in the soil. What better way to find out than to use a tissue analysis and plant weights to really see if this is true.