From Agronomists of the
Potash & Phosphate Institute
655 Engineering Drive, Suite 110
Norcross, Georgia 30092-2837
Phone (770) 447-0335

Winter 1998, No. 3


Winter is a time when many producers make decisions for the next season. This year, low crop prices will be causing many to take a hard look at their operations. What can a producer do to make his or her operation more profitable?

Profitability surveys have identified factors that lead to increased profitability. Surveys from Iowa, Kansas, and Minnesota have shown that increased profitability comes from:

Potash and phosphate are essential for higher yields. Higher yields have been shown to lead to greater profitability. But how can you know if potash or phosphate applications will be profitable? The answer is to test your soil. Soil tests are inexpensive but provide very valuable information. Knowing your soil test level allows you to follow well-researched recommendations. Consult university fertilizer recommendations in your area, but be prepared to make refinements for your own agronomic and economic circumstances. Local crop advisers can assist with that process. Many areas see added benefits of starter fertilizer applications, sometimes even at high or very high soil test levels.

In times of low crop prices, smart management decisions are critical to the sustainability of a farming operation. Lower costs, higher yields, and attention to soil test levels and a sound fertility program are essential components of a successful operation. A fertility program is not fat to be cut in lean times, but rather a guidepost that leads to survival.


For more information, contact Dr. T. Scott Murrell, Northcentral Director, PPI, 14030 Norway Street, NW, Andover, MN 55304. Phone: (612) 755-3444. E-mail:
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