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Crop Residue: Understanding the Basics from Planting to Nutrient Breakdown

Did you plant soybeans into a lot of residue this year? This practice is becoming more and more common all across the country.

Soybean field with cereal rye cover crop

This soybean field has a cereal rye cover crop.

The picture on the right shows a field that beans were planted into on Monday of this week. While part of the field was rolled, the majority was planted into the standing cereal rye. As you can see, there is a huge amount of cereal rye straw both on the ground and still standing. There should be no worries, right? The question is: what is going to happen to all that residue by this fall, and even next spring for the next crop? Will it break down and be easy to manage? What is happening to the nutrients that that cover crop has sequestered?


The answer is that the cereal rye is going to break down, slowing through the growing season and helping feed the soybeans. Why not help the breakdown with an application of Nutrapathic Liquid Bacteria Concentrate (LBC) and Soil Restorer (SR), along with one or two quarts of Sugar E-Boost®? These can be added with your herbicide application! The LBC and SR add beneficial bacteria and soil mycorrhizae that will aid in the breakdown of residue. The Sugar E-Boost will provide extra food to the bacteria to get them off to a good start and will provide energy to the soybean plants, helping them be more efficient in their nutrient uptake.

Why is this so important? A ton of cereal rye straw has approximately 12 units of N, 3 units of P, 22 units of K, and 2 units of Sulfur. The faster that you can get this to break down and get to your growing crop, the better that crop will do. We have been promoting LBC and SR, along with the Sugar E-Boost, in our Nutrient Recycling Program for a long time. We see better root systems, healthier plants, and better yields where the program is used. This would be a great way to get part of the program going and help YOU take advantage of the nutrients that are in that cover crop residue. All without a separate trip across your field.

Contact me at jviertel@soilserviceinc.com for more information or to get started today.

Reflection on 2015: Calculating the Benefits of CropChoice Starter and Sugar E-Boost

Pioneer Power Pack Test Plot bar chart

Thank you to everyone for their business over the past year. It has been just a little bit over a year since Andrea and I bought SOIL Service, Inc. We very much appreciate all of the kind words and encouragement that we have heard over the last 13 months. They are more helpful than many of you know. We all appreciate our customers sticking with SOIL Service through the transition.

CropChoice® Starter fertilizer has come down substantially for 2016 when compared to its pricing for 2015. Obviously, grain prices have done the same, and the overall economics for 2016 are not looking as good as we have become accustomed to over the past four or five years. Years of research have shown that the best, most efficient bang for your phosphorus dollar is in-furrow starter fertilizer. At our warehouse research farm, we test many things. Over the past few years, we have been fortunate enough to work with Pioneer on four pack field trials. This year, we had a set of four different hybrids planted side by side, each with and without our CropChoice fertilizer. While we unfortunately placed this trial in a pretty wet part of our plots and didn’t get the overall high yields we have come to expect, the starter fertilizer differences were quite obvious over the course of the entire year. These differences showed up in both visible plant differences during the growing season and at the year-end yield. The average advantage to starter fertilizer over the four plots was an amazing 25 bushels per acre. Below is a graph that maps the results of this trial.

Pioneer Power Pack Test Plot

The average advantage to starter fertilizer over the four plots was 25 bushels per acre.

We saw this kind of result in many places last year, and while we would not usually expect to see a 25 bushel advantage every year, it does show you the potential benefit of starter fertilizer. Year in and year out, we see a definite, profitable advantage to using CropChoice starter fertilizer.

Last year, we also saw a very nice advantage to fungicide in corn applied at VT (tassel). If you are one of our existing customers for fungicide, you will be hearing from your salesmen over the next month about booking and the pre-pay advantages for aerial application. If you are not currently one of our customers, feel free to call us. We would love to visit with you about everything we have to offer. 


One new product that we are happy to announce is the Sugar E-Boost®. It is a liquid sugar product that has the highest sugar concentration available in a liquid form, and it stores very well. We have tested this product in our nutrient recycling program. We have also tested it as an additive to the Foliar Opp®, Slow Release Nitrogen and other foliar products. We have seen a very good response from the Sugar E-Boost. Our plan is to test it extensively this spring in-furrow. If any of you are interested in helping us test Sugar E-Boost, please let one of us know.


As we have closed the book on our first year as owners, it has been nice to take a few minutes and reflect on the year. Again, we would like to thank the customers who have made our transition possible.  Andrea and I would also like to take a minute to thank our employees. They are the ones who have had to put up with us as new owners and work through some of the hiccups that we have created along the way. Thank you for working with us to make this a success, and we look forward to many more years of success with all of you.