Wheat Fertility Strategies In A Dry Planting Season
5 Apr 244m 55s

Chad talks about his wheat program and the changes he has made due to the dry planting season.

00:00 Hey y'all, this is Chad Henderson from Extreme Ag and I'm standing here with the one and only Molly Alexander. We're out in our wheat field. 00:07 Let's just talk about what we did this year. Okay. So what we did this year was we had a real dry spell. First of all, my wheat come up a little late. 00:12 It was dry when planted. A lot of people had prevent plant wheat around here. And so we went on and chose to plant 00:17 because Stewart had wheat marketed, you know, and that's the name of the game. So we come in here and I actually fertilized this wheat 00:23 for the first time with 15 gallons, right at New Year's. Mm-Hmm, right around New Year's. 00:28 I put 15 gallon on it and at that point I put in 3.2 ounces of no charge. Okay? And I know I was a little liked there, 00:35 but we're gonna talk about spoon feeding and keeping it going. And then the second trip was about three weeks, 00:41 two weeks ago, mid-February was the second trip. And we put in 15 gallon again of 28 0 0 5, and another 3.2 ounces. 00:49 There's a lot of people that's asked me in the past, if I can't get it treated on my dry phosphorus or if I don't have a planter set up, what's my best option 00:58 to get Nutri charge in? Because they wanna use it and we want them to use it. But if the application opportunity's not there, 01:05 then where do we go from there? So we have learned that if you put nutri charge in with your nitrogen source Mm-Hmm. 01:12 Whether that be um, side dress, top dress, however you wanna put it in, if you can blend the nutri charge in with that uh, 01:19 nitrogen source, the nitrogen not only acts as a carrier for the nutri charge to get percolated down into the soil 01:26 where it needs to protect your phosphorus and other nutrients. But it also, because it's negatively charged, 01:32 it can help control that ammonium that you're putting down too and make that more plant available. 01:37 So as an overall plant health situation, it's ideal, but it goes back to the question of how, when, why to use it. 01:47 We can put it in our nitrogen. Yep. Even though there's no phosphorus in it, we're gonna target the phosphorus she got down here. 01:53 And that's the reason we went early with it. So the first trip with it around around, like I said, around New Year's, we put new charge in 01:59 because we was hitting it in the timeframe that when we come outta Greenup, we wanted it in the plant, we wanted the phosphorus, we wanted 02:05 to control the phosphorus, we wanted phosphorus availability. So then the, those were the reasons 02:09 that we was hitting it early as we was to make sure it was in the plant when we needed to get in the game. 02:14 Well that's a good point because we want the root system, whether it be, ideally we want it prior to dormancy 02:21 because when that, when we have germination and we have the wheat coming outta the ground, we want a really good, healthy, strong root system. 02:28 And that way when it lays down and goes into dormancy, when Greenup comes up, we have a whole lot better system to work with 02:35 to pull nutrients out of the soil. So, And in that case, what I should have done, if I'd have been ahead of the game, 02:40 I should have probably treated my whole fertility package with neutral charge when we dry spread the first time. 02:46 Ideally, yes. But if you can't, you still went in and put it in the best scenario that you could put it in. And that goes back to his 3.2 ounces. 02:54 He's gonna make multiple passes and so he is able to spoonfeed this in as he goes. And so he is gonna get the benefits each time 03:01 that he goes out with this passive nitrogen. How many people think phosphorus is important in wheat? Ooh, Ooh, ooh. I get it. I 03:07 Get it. I mean we talked about it early, but wheat takes a half a pound of P 2 0 5 phosphorus per bushel. 03:15 So if we don't have access to phosphorus from the beginning, we have poor root system, poor development early on, a 03:22 Lot of cover on the ground, a lot of cover plant we planting in corn stub. So what does that do? 03:26 And biggest point is you said he was dry. Yep. Dry, wet, cold. Either of those things, they all affect 03:33 uh, phosphorus availability. So you started off behind the eight ball with not so good circumstances. Right. 03:40 And that's a lot of the reason, you know, we was a little early and I was asking dad, I'm like, man, I'm the only one in the field. 03:45 I'm the only one running. But again, we was hearing the last few days of December, first few days of January, we had a dry spell 03:51 and I was like, I'm gonna get 15 gallon out because it's gonna start raining and when it does, it may be six weeks getting back. 03:56 Mm-Hmm. So that's the reason that we was out like we was, is I was trying to get ahead back ahead of the game instead 04:02 of being second fiddle. Right. And by doing that and by adding neutral charge into it, we have control of your phosphorus. 04:09 So we're protecting the phosphorus even though you applied it with your nitrogen. But by applying it with your nitrogen, 04:15 we have the properties too that come in and help hold the nitrogen as well because of the negative charge and ammonium. 04:21 So we have essentially created you the perfect storm around your root zone, have available phosphorus throughout your growing season. 04:29 Now you have more availability out of your nitrogen. Not to mention all of your other, um, ations are gonna be right there and available as well. 04:38 So you may have started out a little behind, but we're definitely gonna catch you up. Oh yeah. Oh yeah. Uh, we'll see 04:44 how well we do when the combines roll because that's the telltale that matters. Right. Anytime we can talk about 04:48 how well the phosphorus was, we put bushels in the tank. We'll see that's what'll tell the tale.

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