Benefits of Y-Drop Applications

Seedsman Andrew Phillips of Schaller, Iowa, discusses how Y-drop applications have provided benefits to growers in his area.

Key Takeaways:
  • Y-drops allow seedsmen to make a plan to not only do a flat rate, but also variable rate throughout the field.

  • Y-drop allows seedsmen to be more productive on the marginal acre.

How have Y-drop applications provided a benefit to farmers in your area?

Okay, in our area we do a lot of side dressing. And what is neat about my specific region is we have a lot of different options. We have urea and AMS that we can spread over top, or encapsulated urea to give it a longer-lasting effect. We also have Y-drops, which are kind of the new, bigger thing. Y-drops allow us to make a plan to not only do a flat rate, but to also variable rate throughout the field. In our area with our soil types, we have a lot of varying soil types. So heavy bottoms and sandier hills. So being able to manage nitrogen with late-season applications like side dress and Y-drop, allows us to be more productive on the marginal acre. And Y-drop has been, you know, kind of that new thing that we've gone to, that we've really seen a yield bump on our marginal acres with.

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