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NITROGEN ISSUES SO FAR THIS SPRING
John Sawyer, Department of Agronomy, Iowa State
June 5, 2015
Across the state, generally there has not been excessive precipitation and much of Iowa has been below normal the past 60 days. A few areas have received more than normal precipitation, mostly in Western to Southwestern Iowa, some isolated areas in Central to North Central Iowa, and very eastern Iowa (see maps).
So far this spring there have not been many weather-related issues with nitrogen (N) management, unlike recent years. There have been a few reports of damage to corn seedlings from spring applied anhydrous ammonia. However, precipitation has kept soils moist this spring which reduced damage potential. Read on.
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