Planting has started with 10 percent in. Soil conditions have been excellent with good soil moisture. Field trials have generally not shown economic response to nitrogen, although applying a small amount of N (30-40 lb/ac) encourages rapid vegetative growth, canopy closure and stimulates root growth which can aid in overcoming stress caused by root rot or other factors. The safe rate of fertilizer side banded is 27 lbs/ac N or a total of 80 lbs/ac N+K. Fertilizer should not be seed placed. Injury will be increased under dry conditions.
Written by Brian Hall
Former Canola and Edible Bean Specialist (retired)