Christian County FS and the Christian County Farm Bureau are teaming up to demonstrate the impact of implementing 4R nutrient stewardship practices including split application, use of a nitrification inhibitor, and Y Drop placement versus single application.
N-WATCH soil sampling site in conjunction with a DTN weather station will be used in the information gathering process.
Christian County FS hosted their annual field day in Taylorville. Mellissa, Christian County Farm Bureau Manager, and Chandler, 4R4U intern, spoke with attendees about the Christian County 4R4U nitrogen management trial.
Nitrogen is a valuable input for corn production. Trent Norris is completing a nitrogen management trial for the 4R4U program. The trial is looking at different rates and timing of nitrogen applications, also using different forms of nitrogen sources.
Christian County Farmers Supply Company and Christian County Farm Bureau located in Taylorville are working on a 4R4U nitrogen management plot. This nitrogen management plot is looking at timing and rates of nitrogen applications.
This plot has four different nitrogen treatments:
Christian Co. has taken soil nitrogen samples. To date the plot has received 10.91 inches of rain and accumulated 559 GDDs. The next steps for the plots are to monitor it from Climate FieldView software, complete crop health imagery, and take soil nitrogen samples at VT.
For the month of July average high temperatures were 88.8 degrees while the average low daily temperature was 66.6 degrees. These seasonal temperatures recorded the highest single day temperature on the 22nd at 99 degrees while the lowest daily high was 79 degrees on the 29th. . July saw below average rainfall through the month with a total of 3.38 inches for the month. The first 3 weeks of the month saw 1.2 inches with the highest daily amount of 1.36 recorded on the 26th. A total 804 Growing Degree Units (GDU) were received with the highest daily amount recorded of 30 recorded on several days during the month.
June saw a stark contrast in weather conditions from the previous two months with unseasonably warm and dry weather. For the month average high temperature was 85.2 degrees while the average low daily temperature was 65.0 degrees. The first 13 days of June saw zero perception recorded while averaging 88.1 degrees under windy conditions. Some rainfall did occur mid-June however; monthly rainfall total at the site was 1.84 inches compared to 6.43 inches the previous month. Growing Degree Units (GDU) accumulated was 723 with the highest daily amount recorded on the 13th at 31. Evapotranspiration for the month totaled 7.3 inches leaving a shortfall of 5.46 inches compared to precipitation.
Evapotranspiration (ET) is the sum of evaporation and plant transpiration. Evaporation accounts for the movement of water to the air from sources such as the soil, canopy interception, and waterbodies. Transpiration accounts for the movement of water within a plant and the subsequent loss of water as vapor through stomata in its leaves.
May began unseasonably cool with low temperatures falling under 50 degrees through the first 8 days of the month. Ambient temperatures rose steadily to reach a high of 88 degrees on May 18th ahead of a weather system that produced cooler temps and 2.49 inches of rainfall over a 6 day period. Average air high temperature was 74.5 degrees while the average low daily temperature was 55.8 degrees. Average daily soil temperatures peaked at 69 degrees on May 19th with the low of 48 degrees was seen on the 4th. Monthly rainfall total at the site was 6.43 inches with the highest daily amount of 1.47 inches on May 4th. For the month a total 469 Growing Degree Units (GDU) were received with the highest daily amount recorded on the 18th at 28.
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