For the period April 1 through May 6, 2007, much of Iowa received more than 5 inches of rainfall (May 6, 2007 AWIS Inc. report). The Northwest, North-Central, and East-Central districts averaged slightly less than 5 inches, and the West-Central and Southwest districts more than 9 inches. With the large rainfall and flooding conditions, many producers are wondering about nitrogen (N) losses. While this period certainly has an influence on N in the soil, excessively wet conditions later in the spring are especially important for N losses. Early to mid-June will be a critical period to assess crop growth and needed N applications.
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Sawyer, John E., "Nitrogen loss: How does it happen?" (2007). Integrated Crop Management News. 1079.
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