A corn and soybean farmer in southwest Iowa is hoping the upcoming growing season starts out like the last one.
Mark Peterson of Stanton says 2023 started out nice.
“It was a beautiful spring, things went real well.”
But he tells Brownfield conditions turned dry, to the point he considered not applying in-season nitrogen.
“The nitrogen was booked and we felt like we had to go ahead, and it’s like ‘oh I think we’re throwing this money away.’ But we did go ahead and we got extremely lucky, there was a rain that came through three or four days after that.”
He says the 50 pounds of nitrogen applied at tasseling resulted in a yield boost of around 30 bushels per acre.