Dorivar Ruiz Diaz – Ottawa Field Day

(Dorivar) My name name is Dorivar Diaz, Soil Fertility and Nutrient Management, Kansas State Department of Agronomy. And we do have a lot of research focusing on fertility management here at the Ottawa Experiment Field. Many of us study and focus on phosphorus and potassium for the most part for both corn and soybeans, which is the main focus of the study that we have in this experiment field. In the field day today we basically tried to show some of those preliminary results that we have for some of the studies, tried to share some of that information with producers which is ultimately what we are doing this work for, is basically to get to the producers. So, today we share some of that focusing again and specifically in some of the deficiency issues that we’ve been seeing early in the season with some of the corn as well as soybeans in some cases and focusing again on phosphorus and potassium, which is some of the main issues that we saw this year. And so we tried to highlight some of the research we have on those topics. And how that may help…that information may help to some of the producers we have in the region. Today we took about a few different studies and we’ve been doing research here at the station for multiple years already, so we do have multiple years of information. One in particular looking at both corn and soybeans is already becoming a long term, close to ten years, looking at both tillage and fertilizer placement interaction. So that type of information is providing us with a significant amount of data over that long term time. It is becoming very useful now to producers to make a decision. Several of these studies actually supported by the soybean commission one project in particular, not related to the P&K, but actually focusing more on the micro nutrients and secondary nutrient side we’ve been also doing that here at the station for a couple years already. This is the second year of that particular project. And also providing very good information for producers in terms of managing not just the macro nutrients but also what’s going on in terms of the micros. And what kind of benefit may that provide, specifically for soybean production. In terms of getting that information again, we are working very closely with producers. My responsibility in particular has a big share of extension, so that research that we are doing with the commission and different groups is going directly back to our extension program and providing information directly to producers, again either through field days, also winter meetings, yield dates, electronic publications, press releases. So we’ve really active and the main objective of our applied research program is ultimately to get to the producer as soon as possible, as soon as we have good data to share with them again as a part of that extension effort.

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