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The soil sample I chose for this report is a piece of land I rented two years ago. On the land, I ran three one acre inbred increases and a seven acre isolation plot for Pannar Seeds. I chose this particular field because of the degree of flatness it has in certain parts of it. In order for the yield results of the 1,250 different inbreds to be accurate, it was extremely important that the isolation plot was placed on level ground and all the same soil type. The field has a total of 114 acres it is located in Kandiyohi County Minnesota. The legal description of the land would be the South East one-fourth of section eight of the Lake Andrew Township. The GPS coordinates are 113◦N and 59◦W. The average annual air temperature is 48◦F and the annual rainfall is around 33 inches. The depth to the water table is around 40 feet in this area of the county.
This past year there was soybeans on the field. It has been on a corn and soybean rotation at least the past ten years. My management practice for this field would be the same as it has been previously but with possible tiling and soil sampling throughout the field to put down a variable rate dry fertilizer application. The tile would help to drain the two low wetland areas in the field and make them farmable. The variable rate fertilizer is an easy step up from your normal broadcast application. To be able to do this, the field should be sampled throughout, not just in certain small locations. I believe this would add great fertility to the spots needing more nutrients than what the average application puts down. Erosion is not a big issue in this field due to the flatness and the small stream running through the east side.
There are seven soil types in this 114 acre fi...

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...tat to live and breed in. The issue everybody does not consider is how to feed the ever growing population of the world. By increasing the amount of farm land, we increase the production of crops that will feed the world, such as: corn and beans. I believe there needs to be somewhat of a balance between the two, but if there is prime farmland that can be tiled, it needs to be done. Therefore, all of the people can be fed and the wildlife is good at adapting around its always changing environment.
Once the wetland is drained, it will be time to put fertilizer down in the spring. It will be spread using different blends of dry fertilizers. I want to get 250 bushel corn which is on the high side but that is why it is a goal. Also, I don’t want my fertilizer to be the limiting factor, if I am able to achieve 250 bushel corn with factors such as water and heat.

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that the soil sample they chose for this report is a piece of land they rented two years ago.
  • Recommends tiling and soil sampling throughout the field to put down a variable rate dry fertilizer application. the field should be sampled throughout, not just in certain small locations.
  • Describes the seven soil types in the 114 acre wadenhill-sunburg complex field. the taxonomic name of this soil is course loamy mixed superactive mesic typic hopudolls.
  • Explains that klossner muck is made up of organic material over loamy deposits. they chose it as their bad soil for its inability to drain any water that runs onto it.
  • Explains that the soil data for the good soil had adequate results, however, they were not as high as they expected for nitrogen content; there was only 18lbs of nitrogen per acre.
  • Explains the soil data for the bad soil they selected were what they had expected. the 68lbs of nitrogen per acre was from organic matter decomposing in this low spot.
  • Explains the management of the soil for a corn-bean rotation. the erosion and wetland limiting factors are not that bad.
  • Opines that draining a wetland is bad for society and the environment, but wildlife needs habitat to live and breed in. by increasing the amount of farm land, we increase the production of crops that feed the world.
  • Explains that they want to get 250 bushel corn, which is on the high side, but that is why it is a goal. they don't want their fertilizer to be the limiting factor.
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