Entries by Andrea Meyer

Why Does The Analysis of my Alfalfa Test Lower Than Expected?

(Parts of this article are taken from information from Bruce Anderson, UNL Extension Forage Specialist) Our customers who use PRO CAL 40 on their alfalfa have noticed marked improvement in tonnage and usually quality due to the larger leaf size and less hollow stem.  However, sometimes customers ask us why their alfalfa tests don’t have […]

USDA Validates that Gypsum Improves Soil Health and Water Quality

New Conservation Standards have been approved by USDA/NRCS for gypsum in agricultural soils.  The benefits of gypsum use listed in the regulations are: Improve soil health by improving physical/chemical properties and increasing infiltration of the soil. Improve surface water quality by reducing dissolved phosphorus concentrations in surface runoff and subsurface drainage. Improve soil health by […]

Plant Analysis Reveals Manganese and Boron Shortages

The plant analysis that we have taken have shown some interesting results.  Although we have seen difference among farmers and fields, a couple of nutrients that have often shown low or deficient have been manganese and boron.  This makes sense because boron is a mobile nutrient in the soil and with all the rains received […]

Sulfur Nutrition

Sulfur Nutrition-Like Nitrogen, but Different Both sulfur and nitrogen are critical for protein development and for chlorophyll production so one may assume that both nutrients are required at the same time and react similarly in the plant.  However, this is not completely correct.  One major factor to consider is that nitrogen is quite mobile in […]

Don’t forget the Micro-organisms!

At first glance, soil appears to be quite lifeless, however, when you look at it under a microscope you find that it is anything but.  In a single teaspoon of soil it is estimated that there are billions of microbes.  Microbe populations include fungi, bacteria, protozoa, actinomycetes and nematodes.  The area around the plant roots […]