Variables of Crop Production

Good nutrition is the key to higher yields and more consistent production. Soil is tested for clinical nutrient availability and based on these test results over a 50-year period, fertilizer recommendations are made.

Good nutrition is the key to higher yields and more consistent production. Soil is tested for clinical nutrient availability and based on these test results over a 50-year period, fertilizer recommendations are made.

This research supports that higher average yields are generally achieved. Yet, there are acres within fields and some soil types that do not yield well—no matter how much fertilizer is used. Presenting a real problem, growers want these "weak spots" removed. High and consistent yields are difficult to deliver to crops under stress.

The most important factor in crop production to the majority of growers is weather. Commodity buyers follow the weather, and do not always focus on fertilizer applications. Regardless of fertilizer use, dry conditions, at certain stages of growth, will make a tremendous difference in yield and hot extreme temperatures will have detrimental effects on yield.

Consistent yields may not be achievable until Mother Nature can be accurately predicted. Responses from fertilizer are also going to be continually unpredictable and fertilizer may not necessarily deliver these unlimited yields.

There is a new paradigm, focusing on “lost genetic potential” rather than “yield increases.” New yields represent 30% of genetic potential. What can we do to decrease the loss of genetic potential? The fact is you cannot increase genetic potential of the seed, but instead focus on reducing loss.

“This new paradigm will guide us in the future.”