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Crop Lines column: Producers have much to consider with upcoming wheat, straw harvests

5:09 PM, Jul. 19, 2013
Mike Rankin
Mike Rankin
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Area wheat fields are now turning from green to golden brown. This time of year always invokes questions of wheat straw value and deciding if it is better to leave the straw for its fertilizer value or sell it off the field. When valuing wheat straw, the place I like to start is with the nutrient value. Based on actual wheat straw nutrient analysis, an average dry matter ton of straw off the field contains 14 lbs. of nitrogen, 6 lbs. of P2O5,(phosphorus pentoxide) and 29 lbs. of K2O (potassium oxide). Using current fertilizer prices, this equates to about $25 of fertilizer equivalent per ton of dry ...

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