2021 Orthman Research Yield Book


Starter vs. No Starter Demo

For years agronomists have agreed that starter fertilizer on corn is essential to protect yields and improve early season vigor. Starter fertilizer has been used since the cultivation of corn whether it was fish parts in the mound with the seed or liquid fertilizer in a band 2”x2”. Today we are blessed with low salt starter fertilizers that we can safely place in furrow with corn and soybeans. These products supply nutrients to young plants and aid those plants through cold and wet stress throughout the spring. Starter fertilizers do not pay for themselves every year but usually will pay for themselves by nature eight to nine times out of ten years and will be most beneficial in springs that are cold or wet.

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