Louisiana On-Farm Potassium Trial

Oct 26, 2022 by Robin Moll in

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Meet the Speakers
Dr. DavidMoseley State Soybean Specialist LSU AgCenter 479-466-0457 dmoseley@agcenter.lsu.edu
DavidSmith Louisiana Farmer: Soybeans, Corn, Grain Sorghum, Wheat 337-842-9336 dls1265@aol.com
Dr. RaselParvej Assistant Professor & Soil Fertility Specialist LSU AgCenter (318) 435-2157 (479) 387-2988 mrparvej@agcenter.lsu.edu
Session Number: S4-2
About this Session

Louisiana On-Farm Potassium Trial

Presented by:  Dr. David Moseley, State Soybean Specialist, LSU AgCenter
Presented by:  Dr. David Smith, Lousiana Farmer
Presented by:  Dr. Rasel Parvej, Assistant Professor & Soil Fertility Specialist, LSU AgCenter

Research from the LSU AgCenter and the University of Arkansas suggest there is an almost 100% probability soybean plants will respond to K applications in fields with very low to low potassium (K) soil-test levels, and there would be up to45% yield loss in the absence of a K application. On-farm soybean trials can be effective ways to demonstrate research-based recommendations on a producer’s farm. Due to recent high prices of K, applications of 70-80% of the recommended rates of K were proposed to be economical. In-season K applications based on critical leaf K concentrations can mitigate K deficiencies and improve yield potential. In 2022, a potassium formulation, rate, and timing trial was established on a Beauregard parish farm consisting of a sandy loam soil with very low potassium (K) soil-test concentration (26 ppm Mehlich-3Kfrom0 –6 inch soil depth). In addition to yield, leaf samples were collected at different growth stages to determine how the yield responded to in-season K applications. In addition, whole plant and seed samples were collected to analyze the K uptake for each treatment.