Last year, a record crowd of more than 450 farmers, crop consultants and agriculture professionals attended the Minnesota Crop Nutrient Management Conference.
Organizers are hoping for an even bigger turnout this year when the Crop Nutrient Management Conference kicks off at 8:30 a.m. on on Monday, Feb. 9, at the Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato.
“It’s become a pretty important place to share the latest research on nutrient management,” said Warren Formo, Executive Director of the Minnesota Agricultural Water Resources Center. “There’s great interest in making sure we’re using nutrients as efficiently as possible.”
Researchers — often working on projects funded through Minnesota’s commodity check-off programs — are continuously seeking ways to help farmers use the latest technology and fertilizer strategies to reduce their environmental footprint, improve their bottom lines and increase efficiency.
“We’re going to spend some time talking about efficient nitrogen use, micro-nutrients, phosphorus use and the nutrient value of cover crops,” said George Rehm, Discovery Farms Minnesota Coordinator. “We think we have a pretty well-rounded program.”
Registration is free. So is lunch. Certified crop advisors in attendance will earn CCA credits. A full agenda, along with registration information, can be found here.
The conference will be of particular interest to corn farmers, who are challenged with falling prices and calls for new government regulations on nutrient application and management. Staying up to date on the latest research in the area of nutrient management helps corn farmers trim input costs and remain proactive in stewardship efforts.
“If farmers are going to stay competitive, they need to be up to date on the latest research. That’s what this day is all about,” Formo said. “Sharing relevant research from Minnesota and surrounding states so they can put it to use on their farms.”
Listen to both Formo and Rehm provide further details about the Crop Nutrient Management Conference below on this week’s episode of Minnesota Corn Growers Association Radio: