Fertilizer Update by Rob Fritz

Rob Fritz - rob.f@heftyseed.com

Spring sidedress time is wrapping up.  Urea supply in the Twin Cities is pretty much all used up, and it will be some time until we determine summer fill program numbers.  28% through irrigators will continue through the summer.  Supplies are good, and prices are stable. Call us for more information at 1-800-274-3389. Click here to send Rob an e-mail.      

Equipment Tips by Jim Goodale

Jim Goodale - jim.g@heftyseed.com

Side-dressing Equipment

I have been getting a lot of calls this week about side dressing equipment.  If you have not applied any N yet this season, if you are afraid you have lost your N to leaching because of excessive rains, or if you are simply looking for a way to take advantage of our ample moisture to try to punch your yields to the next level, side dressing might be for you. Many of the companies that build side dressing equipment still have some units for sale.  You can expect to pay from just under $20,000 to around $30,000 for a 12-row and $30,000 to $40,000 for a 16-row. If you are looking to build something on the cheap or for one-time use, that old row crop cultivator sitting out in the trees may make itself useful again.  By stripping it down and only using 1 or 2 shanks per row or replacing the shanks with coulters and pairing it with a saddle tank, a front mount tank, or a tow behind caddy, you can build your own applicator for half the cost of a production model. Also, some companies have started offering special attachments for sprayers to drop fertilizer in between the rows or right next to the row.  This method can work if you get a timely rain and don’t over-apply. Give me a call at 1-800-274-3389 if you have any questions. Click here to send Jim an e-mail. [table “1” not found /]
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