University of Maryland Extension

EBR-15 Fall Soil Nitrate Test (FSNT)

Author: 
Robert Kratochvil, PhD and Patricia Steinhilber, PhD

Recent research has demonstrated that winter wheat and barley grain yields and economic return to fertilizer applications are not reliably improved by a fall nitrogen application when an adequate amount of nitrate already exists in the soil.

Regulations effective October 2012 require that farmers who plant wheat and barley for grain production must test for soil nitrate concentration before they may apply nitrogen in fall.

Please refer to the FSNT publication to obtain further information.

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