Everything you need to know about fall application of ESN

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Each fall as harvest wraps up and the crop is in the bin, farmers are faced with the decision of what more can be done to get the next growing season off to the best start possible. It’s an excellent window to evaluate what worked and what didn’t in the last season, and many take the opportunity to fall-apply pre-seed herbicides and get their nitrogen in the ground.

2019 presented difficult conditions for many growers across the US and Canada. Many Midwestern growers were not able to plant a crop due to excess rainfall, opting instead for Prevented Planting coverage. Canada saw the opposite with a drought for many and untimely rains for others. For growers who did not plant, ESN may be the perfect solution to getting fields back on track.

In preparation for a potentially busy year of fall application, we rounded up our top articles on fall application– the right crops, soils and conditions for fall ESN application, key considerations and frequently asked questions.

Who should fall apply ESN?

Fall application isn’t for everyone and presents the greatest advantages for growers in select regions. Those include the northwestern corn belt ahead of spring-planted corn, and Western Canada before spring wheat or canola. We broke down who should, and who should not, fall-apply their ESN in this blog post.

Benefits of fall fertilization

When evaluating the decision to fertilize in the fall or wait until spring, it’s important to take a few key considerations in mind. Think time management, storage capacity, seeding efficiency and more. Read more in this post.

Maximize your fall nitrogen application

In this Smart Talk Podcast, we talked to nitrogen experts about how to make the most out of fall application and how it can help reduce the stress brought on by a busy and unpredictable spring.

The intricacies of fall-applied nitrogen

Finally, we broke down some of the details of fall applying your nitrogen in this blog post. We share when nitrogen loss is most likely, recommended ground temperatures for application and more.

Contact your local ESN representative to learn more about if fall ESN application is right for you.

Questions or comments? Tweet us @SmartNitrogen.

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