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Making Sure Phosphorous is Available for Crops

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by Ken Root & Whitney Flach

In Iowa, the corn looks good, soybeans likewise but through the eyes of an ag retailer in Marion, he’s happy with everything but the price.

Ron Woeste, Operations Manager at Linn Coop Oil Company in Marion says,“Obviously we are two weeks ahead of schedule. It looks really good around our area. Everybody is pretty happy, except for the grain prices (Ron Woeste Full Interview.)

Ron focuses on inputs and outlines his view of Avail as a means to increase availability of phosphorous to the plant. “We started using avail eight years ago and have seen really good results with it, he added.”

Woeste says they have proof it works and proven good for crops and the environment. “We have increased our avail treated acres pretty much every year since we have started. On the economics part of it we can prove we are making a farmer more efficient, more profitable on that acre by making more phosphorous available.” On the other end of the spectrum he says “ Environmentally, it is a big deal. No one wants to wait on fertilizer. We want to make it available to the plant to take up. It’s definitely a way to improve the sustainability in agriculture.”

 

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