Wet spring, corn residue affect spring nutrient management
The agriculturally troubled fall of 2009 may be over, but here comes the sequel--a potentially wet spring. Due to the late corn harvest, many fields have yet to be tilled, and they have large amounts of residue remaining on the surface.
Normally corn residue is thought of positively because it lowers the risk of erosion and returns carbon and nutrients to the soil, but it's not very friendly getting it through tillage and planting equipment in the spring.
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