Front page of the Introduction to Fertilizer Planning bulletin.

Bulletin E-3412 Introduction to Fertilizer Planning


January 8, 2021 - Author: Jon LaPorte

As a young or beginning farmer, you may be raising crops to reduce feed costs or to sell on the market. One of the important decisions in crop production is deciding how much fertilizer you should apply. Fertilizer application focuses on meeting the nutrient needs of the crop you’ll grow. Too much fertilizer and potential profits are reduced. Too little fertilizer and there is not enough production. To meet the nutrient needs and produce a profitable crop, you’ll need to create a fertilizer plan.

This publication explores the process of creating a fertilizer plan. This includes spending some time understanding the soil and the available nutrients within it. You’ll also learn about the available forms of fertilizer and the methods of applying them to the soil. Using the information collected from both the soil and the available fertilizer options, you’ll begin to create a fertilizer plan for the farm. This includes understanding what the costs are in the plan and their impacts on farm revenue.

Download the latest bulletin in the Beginning Farmers DEMaND (Developing and Educating Managers and New Decision-makers) series today to begin learning about the importance of fertilizer planning to your farm business.


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