Tissue Testing

Jun 02, 2019

It has been said that the first 35-45 days after planting are critical when looking for early season stress on a corn crop. After soil testing, plant tissue analysis is the second-best tool to help improve crop nutrition and yield during that time. While soil testing identifies the nutrients offered to the crop, tissue sampling identifies how well the plants are utilizing the soil and applied nutrients. With the current season’s challenges of timely plantings, tissue testing is a valuable tool as you try to maximize your yield on soils that you may have planted not in the best conditions. These conditions have favored sidewall compaction and poor seed furrow closers which create potential for rootless corn syndrome and poor root development.  Couple this with added rainfall and we have a prime situation for less than ideal nutrient uptake. Use tissue testing to check the effectiveness of your fertility programs, check for stress, and improve yields. We all know how challenging the season has been, so give your Premier Agronomist or local Agronomy Center a call to help you manage your planted acre for top production.

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