This year stalk nitrate testing seems to be the popular analysis going into October. A number of growers are looking at how much nitrogen was taken from the soil to the plant. Just yesterday, a number of growers were dropping off samples at the front door, anticipating the results as a precursor to soil sampling.
If you are still looking at stalk nitrate testing, consider ordering your stalk nitrate bags today. These bags are very convenient for crop sampling and because the bags have a drawstring at the top, they are ideal for getting enough air into the bag without the plant molding.
The cost of this analysis is $15.00 and more information can be found in this stalk nitrate brochure.