This week we started gearing up for spring. Things really woke up and we were all over the place. We started putting spring fertilizer on the hay fields and small grain. Just like people need a well balanced diet so do the crops. We regularly test the nutrients in the soil so that we can best match the crops needs. The major things we look at are the pH, Nitrogen, Phosphorous, and Potassium along with various micro nutrients.
We try vary hard to match the nutrient profile to the crops needs both for economic and environmental reasons. Each crop has specific needs that are different from one another. There is no benefit to over fertilizing a crop and in some cases excess can be toxic to the plants. Any extra fertilizer we put on has the potential to become mobile and run off. If this happens we loose the money we spent for that fertilizer and we are hurting the environment.
Farmers pride them selves as being the first environmentalists. Are income depends on the health of the land so we do our best to take care of it in a effecient, and economic fashion.