Chad's Tips For Reallocating Your Nutrients
5 Oct 234 min 22 sec

Chad Henderson is top of his game when it comes to efficient application of his fertility plan. He talks with Damian Mason and Chad Smith from Nachurs about his approach to more efficient nutrient use.

00:00 Hey, we're talking about reallocation of the resources, the nutrients that you apply to your crops. Reallocating meaning using maybe the same amount of budget, 00:07 but getting a way big bang for your buck. Reallocation. Talking about with nature's, this is Chad and this is another Chad, Chad, Mo Brother Chad. All like Darl Mo Brothers, darl. 00:17 All right, so Chad from Nature's Chad from Extreme Ag. Talk to me about relocation. It's one of your favorite subjects. 'cause you and I have talked about it. When you got, uh, a, 00:24 a field that you may lose in two years to development, you change your fertility program when you decide, no, I'm gonna, uh, have a lot of leaching. I wanna put fertility out there. And through the season, 00:34 this is one of your big things. That's exactly right. When we started this, you know, me and Tommy went down this road, you know, and, and we was, 00:39 we was looking at things like, I'm, I'm in Huntsville, Alabama, so that means that a lot of times I have whatever I do to my ground. 00:46 It makes real good concrete, not intentionally, but with, uh, progress moving our way. I guess it was be progress. But anyway, 00:54 with things moving our way, we, we'd always want to put out a bunch of dry fertilizer. We need to feed the plant, feed the plant, feed the plant. 01:00 And so we went into this, well, as we went into it doing trials on it, we figured out like this is something we need to do more, more area of, 01:07 because we gained a lot from it. You know, when we understanding dry fertilizer, we're not talking about not using anymore dry fertilizer. 01:13 We're just talking about figuring out what your problems are in your weakest links and adding liquid fertility in, in that place. Alright, 01:19 It's Chad Smith, right? That's right. And you're a nature's guy and I love this thing. Reallocation means you use, uh, your, your money gets used better and I like this whole thing right here. 01:28 So kind of walk me through this. Yeah. So for our real reallocation story, you know, we're trying to always, uh, place the fertilizer in a place that'll be more efficient. And so with our, 01:38 uh, in furrow products, we can put that plant or feed that plant right with, uh, the nutrients it needs and then continue on with our foliar products, uh, 01:48 to spoon feed the crop. And this year it's been awful dry, uh, in the whole upper Midwest and we've seen a lot of nutrient deficiencies, uh, 01:57 that typically wouldn't find, uh, in a more, uh, you know, wet climate I guess. And so therefore we need to switch, uh, our fertility plan to maximize, uh, nutrients, availability and uptake. 02:10 And one way to do that is to implement liquid fertilizers, uh, throughout the growing season. So, Chad 02:16 Henderson, go ahead. And, and too, you know, we understand, like you said, it, we understand how much water it takes, you know, it takes water to use to, 02:23 to make dry fertilizer available, you know, and it takes water to make liquid fertilizer less available if you get too much, you know? Right. Yeah. So it's a dry, it's a, 02:31 it's a good happy medium and a good mix in that. So understanding what, what you're going for and your deficiencies, you know, 02:37 we was at the P P I farm and they always talking about, well, you know, they have a lower bag saturation of K you know, and talking about what it, 02:43 what gains it give them when they was spoon feeding k late in the season, you know? 02:47 And so understanding your deficiencies and where to place the products. Chad Henderson, uh, three tips tie, two tips, five tips. 02:54 If I want to start reallocating, 'cause I've been watching what you say, putting too much stuff out early is a waste of money. 03:01 Better to spoon feed it along and reallocate that. Drive fertility money to spoon feeding throughout, gimme the tips. How do I do it? 03:08 Um, understanding what you're gonna do with the ground. Understanding. If it's, if it's your ground your family owns, 03:14 or understanding if it's ground you ain't got for three or four years, you know, yeah, 03:17 It's gonna go to become a commercial warehouse. Like you Deal with understanding what you're trying to do there and then understanding 03:22 your deficiencies. Because when you're deficiencies, if you're just a pot ass deficiency, you just keep slinging pot ass out. We've done that for 40 years, so that may not be the answer. 03:30 Look at another source, you know, so that, or either phosphorus, whichever one, but just understand what you're trying to accomplish. 03:36 And then start with a program, whether it's from the Planter to the Sidedress bar, there's a program to fit you, 03:42 Land use, uh, down the road plan. Yep. Uh, fertility issues that exist in that soil. Then what your objective is on the plant. 03:50 And then obviously the last one was feeding, Feeding it, feeding it into the plant cycle when it needs uptake. I thought you were also gonna say, fitting into how you do your cropping. 03:59 'cause you're going out there well you and you're always, you're always dropping a little bit of fertility. 04:02 That's right. That's right. And you know, in our soils, you know where we're at down there we're seven to nine, c e c. You know, we can't hold a lot all the time, so we just spoon feed it in. 04:10 Reallocation of your fertility budget for bigger bang for your buck. Chad Henderson with Extreme Ag. Chad Smith of Nature's. I'm Damien Mason, 04:16 so next time coming at you from the Nature's Booth, the Farm Progress Show.

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