Category: Conservation

Nitrogen Smart seminars put dollars in farmers’ pockets

Written by Jonathan
Eisenthal

Minnesota farmers could save $77 million dollars a year from
improved nitrogen management practices, experts told the audience at a University of Minnesota
Extension Nitrogen Smart seminar
last week in Owatonna.

“If we do better at nitrogen management, it puts money in
our pockets,” said Brad Carlson, an Extension educator who helps
lead Nitrogen Smart seminars
. “As an industry, the cheapest thing we
can do to reduce nitrate losses is managing nitrogen with more precision.”

While helping farmers save through improved management practices,

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Phosphorous produces on-farm benefits with careful use

Written by Jonathan
Eisenthal

Like nitrogen, phosphorous pays off with better yielding crops,
while also warranting careful use. This was one of the vital messages at the
recent Nutrient Management Conference in St. Cloud, organized by the University
of Minnesota and the Minnesota Agricultural Water Resource Center.

Heidie Peterson, who leads the phosphorous program at the International Plant Nutrition Institute, spoke to a room full of farmers and crop consultants to emphasize that point.

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Innovation Grant Program funds 12 projects in 2019

The Minnesota Corn Innovation Grant Program returns for its
fourth year in 2019, funding farmer-led, conservation-minded research projects.
Each project will test a novel solution that prevents nitrogen and phosphorous
loss on the farm. 

Farmers had until Dec. 31 to submit their Innovation Grant
proposal. The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) and Minnesota Corn
Research & Promotion Council funded 12 of those for the 2019 growing
season.

Participants in 2019 include both new recipients of grants
and farmers who are continuing projects initially funded in past years of the
program.

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Nitrogen fertilizer application

Minnesota farmers are up to the nitrogen challenge

Written by Jonathan
Eisenthal

Western Minnesota farmers who apply urea after harvest are
becoming increasingly disappointed with the yield returns from their
investment. 

Research by University of Minnesota Professor Fabian
Fernandez over the past three years shows that fall urea placement in
southwest, west central and northwest Minnesota has become less effective, and
farmers should shift to anhydrous ammonia or spring placement of urea in order
to get better results.

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Cover crops become focus at U of M Winter Crops Meeting

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

University of Minnesota Professor M. Scott Wells laid out a good news, bad news situation for Winter Crops Day attendees: The good news is cover crops are performing well in Minnesota. The bad news is farmers aren’t making any money at it.

The topic was very much of interest to the more than two dozen farmers meeting at Winter Crops Day in Rochester earlier this month.

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Minnesota farmer recognized for soil health efforts

(Brian Ryberg with Soil Health Partnership Executive Director Shefali Mehta (left) and Field Manager Tricia Verville)

Buffalo Lake farmer Brian Ryberg was honored with a “Seeds of Change” award at the Soil Health Partnership’s 2019 Soil Health Summit in St. Louis last week. Ryberg received the “Super Sprout” award for his tremendous contributions as a first-year member of the Soil Health Partnership.

Ryberg dove headfirst into the SHP program,

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Nitrogen fertilizer application

Nitrogen Smart builds on nitrogen management offerings in fourth year

University of Minnesota Extension’s Nitrogen Smart returns later this month with seminars scheduled across Minnesota farm country focused on the fundamentals of nitrogen management. Now in its fourth year, the program has expanded on its acclaimed curriculum to offer online and advanced education options.

Nitrogen Smart’s research-based education on nitrogen management returns Jan. 28 in Rochester, with dates following in Waseca, St. Cloud and Lamberton (full schedule below). More than 700 farmers have attended Nitrogen Smart sessions to date,

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The Soil Health Summit has something for all farmers

The Soil Health Summit comes to St. Louis Jan. 15-16, and for the first time in its history, it will be open to all farmers and the general public.

Organized by the Soil Health Partnership, the Soil Health Summit is for farmers who would like to benefit from high-energy education led by experts and peer networking with like-minded farmers focused on conservation.

Farmers are encouraged to register by Dec.

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Conservation Tillage Conference brings unique speakers, networking to Fargo

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Steve Groff, the Maryland farmer who worked with soils expert Dr. Ray Weil to develop the tillage radish, will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Conservation Tillage Conference, held in Fargo, N.D, on Dec. 18-19.

With its ability to improve soil porosity, soil structure and water-holding capacity, the tillage radish is an emerging cover crop that has brought new excitement to the soil health and soil conservation movement in the Upper Midwest.

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Deadline to submit Innovation Grant Program proposals is Dec. 31

Minnesota corn farmers who have a conservation-minded idea they would like to put the test through the Innovation Grant Program have until Dec. 31 to submit a proposal. In its fourth year, the program has invested nearly $400,000 in 40 farmer-led research projects bringing novel solutions to prevent nitrogen loss on the farm.

The 2019 Innovation Grant Program is expanding its focus, now accepting proposals focused on innovative solutions to preventing both nitrogen and phosphorous loss to ground and surface water.

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