IN-CROP APPLICATION

Our team of professional crop advisors at Sunrise Cooperative use two primary methods: tissue sampling, where a technician collects plant samples of a given zone or field and sends them to the lab for analysis. The other tool is detailed satellite imagery of your fields using the R7® Tool by WinField, which can detect differences in plant biomass within a field. These tools, along with our experience with various soil types and correcting nutrient deficiencies here in northern Ohio, can put you on the path to higher economic returns on every acre you farm.

How does the R7 Tool from WinField work?

We selected WinField's R7 Tool for two reasons: First, it's based on satellite imagery of your farm that tells us where high and low productivity areas are based on the biomass of your field at any given time during the growing season. Second, the R7 Tool is loaded with data from WinField's Answer Plot® program. If we see areas in your fields that are candidates for in-crop fertilizer application, we draw upon years of Answer Plot data as well as our own experience to determine how best to meet the needs of your growing crop.

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How does the R7 Tool from WinField work?

We selected WinField's R7 Tool for two reasons: First, it's based on satellite imagery of your farm that tells us where high and low productivity areas are based on the biomass of your field at any given time during the growing season. Second, the R7 Tool is loaded with data from WinField's Answer Plot® program. If we see areas in your fields that are candidates for in-crop fertilizer application, we draw upon years of Answer Plot data as well as our own experience to determine how best to meet the needs of your growing crop.

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The case for in-crop fertilizer application.

The most obvious benefit of in-crop fertilization is that nutrients are placed in the field at the right rate and at the right time when plants need them the most. Many factors including soil types and weather events can affect the availability of applied nutrients to your crop, so it makes sense to correct soil pH and apply base-level nutrients in the fall and early spring, and then follow up in-crop with additional nutrients on your most productive acres. Sunrise Cooperative recently purchased five specialized dry fertilizer spreaders allowing us to put nutrients on your fields during the growing season.

Nitrogen is important, but so is this critical nutrient.

New research has shown that potassium can be a key yield-limiting nutrient during the later stages of corn growth because it plays a critical role in the plant’s ability to utilize nitrogen. Using our newly purchased dry spreader equipment, we now have the ability to sidedress potassium in-crop, breaking barriers to maximum yields. In-crop application can also be a good time to apply other nutrients based on factors including tissue sampling and yield potential. Urea has been commonly used in this application due to enhancements of nitrogen stabilizers.

Talk to a Sunrise professional crop advisor.

With commodity prices well off their historical highs, there’s never been a better time to make sure you’re applying exactly the right amount of fertilizer on every acre you farm. To learn more about your nutrient management options, including tissue sampling, the R7 Tool and in-crop, variable-rate fertilizer application, please call 800-321-5468, ext. 222.

“It’s important to remember that the greatest scientific discoveries throughout history started with a question. I think the R7 Tool and other new ag technologies help us ask better questions. Sunrise’s Total Precision Partners team and local agronomists are using the newest tools to help us find the right answers. I feel we’re heading in the right direction.”
– John Dovin, Lorain County

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That’s the feeling driving us forward: The trust that, with Sunrise Cooperative, you’ll get what you need done, when you need it done and done right.  

From localized expertise to help you choose all your crop inputs to data management, energy, feed and grain marketing, the people of Sunrise Cooperative begin each day committed to focusing their expertise on growing your success.