What’s the Risk?
• If I don’t challenge status quo/old ways?
• IE—I have to apply 200+ pounds of N, 200# DAP, 200# Potash
• If I continue to use most of my budget on NPK fertilizers, leaving little if any room for necessary nutrients/minerals that will actually address yield/profit limiting factors?
• If my current mgmt. methods continue to contribute to more disease, insect, and other issues?
• What is my plan when commodity prices fall?
• How will I manage weed resistance and current or new diseases that fungicides, etc. won’t touch?
• If I do not recognize most plant nutrient deficiencies are caused by others in excess?
• If I do not realize excess plant nitrates are one of the biggest issues facing growers?
Don’t get me wrong, I also understand where your concern is coming from. Generally ideas and practices that aren’t “normal” are scary.
But are we letting the wrong fear dictate our success?
Here’s the other side of the spectrum—We’ve challenged these (over the last 11 years), and shown that we can simply make better decisions than the “normal”. Here’s what we’ve learned over these past 11 years:
• We can produce a bushel of corn consistently with 1/2# of applied nitrogen (in many environments). Common ratio today is still one pound of N (or more) per bushel produced or 1:1.
• We can produce plants with nearly 100% immunity to insects and disease.
• There is so much more to applied P and K than simply looking at soil test levels.
• Here’s a challenge—overlay your yield maps on top of P and K levels and see if there is any consistent correlation between yields and soil test P/K level.
• A few weeks ago we did a cost comparison of a typical conventional program versus AgriBio. The cost difference was huge. Enough that it should be an “eye opener” to anyone in this business.