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Soil fertility considerations and fallow syndrome

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Many growers have questions about management in 2014, particularly about the possible effect of fallow syndrome, due to increased prevented plant corn acres this year.

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Fallow syndrome is the result of reduced colonization of plant roots by vascular arbuscular mycorrhizae (VAM), which are important in the uptake of elements such as phosphorus and zinc. Fallow syndrome does not affect all crops nor will it likely be an issue for all prevented planting acres.

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