Gypsum applications after installing drainage tile is helpful in most soils because it improves the soil structure and drainage. However, it is critically important when installing drainage tile in saline-sodic soils. Why is this? Once tiles are installed in these soils, salt levels will decrease with increased drainage. As salt is removed the sodium and […]
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Disease is present every year and with keeping more crop residue on the surface plus in some cases, the use of cover crops there is a “bridge’ for many diseases to cross to the next crop. The use of Procidic “in furrow” has shown superior early protection against both fungal and bacterial diseases in either […]
Merry Christmas!! With all the hustle and bustle of business, year-end, and preparing for the Holidays, we sometimes overlook saying Thank You to our clients, our business partners, our contracted truckers, our employees, etc. We have a great “team” here at Soil Solutions and we couldn’t do what we do without everyone. So, we […]
This year, I am hearing a lot of yield variation across fields. Often times, farmers attribute this to just differences in soils, but what difference? With 2020 being a dry year in much of Eastern Nebraska and Western Iowa, I am reminded of a conversation I had back in the fall of 2012, another very […]
In several studies using Procidic in corn in a corn soybean rotation, yield responses were realized even when disease pressure was low or disease wasn’t present. This is most likely due to Procidic triggering the plant’s chemical defense system noted by an increase of phytochemicals such as phytoalexins. These could cause the plants to increase […]
As human beings we recognize the importance of proper diets in keeping us healthy, but we don’t often consider plant diets in keeping the plant healthy. A proper balance of nutrients is important for plants to fight off many plant diseases. Calcium is one nutrient that increases cell wall strength by increasing pectin. This helps […]
The “Big Three” are where the main focus of most fertility programs are, but there are at least 17 essential elements and especially as we enter into higher yielding environments, there are others besides the N,P, and K we need to concentrate on. Calcium is often overlooked, however, it is critically important because it is […]
An “ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is an old saying from the 1700’s, but it is still true today. In the case of Procidic, it is “three ounces of prevention” in furrow that will give you early protection against Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS) since SDS is a fungus that infects soybeans […]
Today is World Soils Day!! To most, soil is thought of as DIRT, but soil is critical to LIFE and is full of life. In each tablespoon of soil there are millions of microorganisms, most of whom are essential for plant life. Like humans, improving the “house” that these microorganisms live in is important for […]