Category: Conservation

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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Battling wet conditions, harvest 2016

Avoid fall urea application in western and southern Minnesota

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Fall urea application in western Minnesota has been an acceptable means of getting nutrients where they were needed while solving the time bottleneck that is spring planting season. But with conditions changing in the region, fall urea application may no longer be the best option.

Research conducted by Fabian Fernandez, who is an associate professor in the University of Minnesota’s Department of Soil, Water and Climate,

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Soil Health Summit now open to all farmers interested in innovative soil health practices

The 2019 Soil Health Summit will again unite farmers, agronomists, environmental groups and more in St. Louis to discuss the latest in soil health research. And for the first time in its history, the Summit, scheduled Jan. 15-16, will be open to the public.

Organized by the Soil Health Partnership (SHP), the Soil Health Summit will feature opportunities for peer-to-peer networking, collaboration, and education on the latest in soil health strategies,

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Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council now accepting research proposals via online portal

The Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council (MCR&PC) is now accepting research proposals related to corn production and stewardship, and expanded uses for corn. From research focused on soil fertility and nutrient management to new product developments utilizing corn, MCR&PC will be looking for proposals that bring an economic benefit to the state’s corn growers and improve their sustainability.

Unlike past Request for Proposals (RFP) periods, proposals will only be accepted online. Those interested must submit their online proposal by Dec.

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Innovation Grant Spotlight: Making a better window for cover crops

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Innovation Grant Program participant Brock Olson has seen cover crops work well with corn and soybeans on his acres in Goodhue County. To give cover crops a longer period to flourish before the hard frost comes, Olson is adding winter rye to his rotation.

By adding a crop that is harvested in late July, Olson sees multiple benefits—arresting soil and nutrient loss, building up soil organic matter,

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Corn growers see long-term benefit of best practices

Minnesota’s corn growers are working towards becoming the most sustainable and environmentally responsible corn farmers in the nation. The goal requires both a strong commitment to land stewardship by the state’s farmers and a financial commitment to ensure today’s best practices reflect the latest research.

Through the investment in the corn check-off, Minnesota’s farmers are working with third-party research institutions, growers and state officials to develop practices that leave the land fruitful for future generations.

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Field day focuses on reducing impact of weather extremes through soil health practices

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

When it comes to soil health, every farmer knows the impact of prolonged high temperatures, heavy winds and sudden downpours. Cover crops are gaining in popularity to help reduce the negative effects of Mother Nature, and a recent field day, organized by the Soil Health Partnership, took a deep dive into cover crop practices that help farmers better weather drought and soil movement from wind or rain.

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