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Prairie cereal groups have created a straw management guide.

The six-page document covers nutrient content, how nutrients are released, the value of organic matter, and methods for managing excess straw and residue.

The nutrient portion of the guide looks at how much nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, and sulphur is typically found in wheat, barley, and oat straw, and also provides a table listing the cost of each as of this summer.

It also provides information on how straw is broken down and how that impacts available nutrients because decomposition will initially require the use of plant-available nitrogen from the soil.

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Nebraska producers are facing two consecutive dry years. this is raising questions about nitrogen application for the 2023 crop. It is recommended that operations in irrigated or dryland areas with normal production should carry on as normal. However, for those dryland areas that have been dealing with significant yield reduction, there may be reason to adjust your nitrogen application.