I want you to think about soil testing and plant tissue analysis as the answer key for your fields. With this data, you can ace the test, which means high yields, spending the right amount on each nutrient, and maximizing profit. Without the answers – and in a lot of cases, without great advice or instruction on exactly how to properly fertilize each crop – that would be just like walking into that final exam after skipping class all year, never opening the textbook, and guessing at every answer on the test.
Our goal for you is always to be as successful as you can be. The problem is each field is unique. I don’t know exactly what it will take for you to achieve top yields while not overspending on fertility. That’s where soil tests and plant tissue tests come in. With soil tests, we only need those twice per season. One complete test in the fall and a cheap, pre-sidedress nitrate test about a week before you want to apply in-season nitrogen (when necessary).
2021 is a big year, one where you have a chance for high profit. In order to maximize your opportunity this season and especially in future years, here are three things I ask you to do.