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Nitrogen Soil Testing for Corn in Virginia

418-016 Nitrogen recommendations for corn grown in the middle Atlantic and southeastern states have not been based on traditional soil test calibration methods, in contrast to other nutrients, because: 1) predicting the availability to crops of organic N has not been successful due to variability in weather and other factors, and 2) the storage of soil mineral N is often too brief due to the winter and spring leaching losses of the mobile NO3-N form that occur under our high rainfall and moderate soil temperatures. Nitrogen analysis of animal manures, biosolids, and legumes to predict the amounts of N available for crops has been only partly successful, which accentuates the need for a soil N test.


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