SMSU has 15 acres of land made available by a local alumni and farmer. 2019 will be the fifth season this plot has been established and available for SMSU students for hands on learning.
Research Category: Innovation Grants
Commodity crop production in Minnesota is under scrutiny to reduce impacts of nitrogen fertilizer on groundwater. There is an extensive body of research documenting fertilizer as a source of nitrate in groundwater (http://www.mda.state.mn.us/fertilizer-source-nitrate-groundwater) .
This research project will evaluate strip tillage and its ability to improve soil health, while also maintaining crop production yields and farm profitability. We will utilize three fields of roughly 75 acres each.
This project will investigate the different techniques which test for nitrates following the removal of a corn crop. Each of the techniques will sample at depths of 0-6”, 6-24”, and 24-48”.
I practice strip-till in corn and soybeans. Also practice no-till in soybeans where fertility is not a limiting factor. It is my objective to eliminate the fall strip-till operation for the following years soybean crop by applying the phosphorous &
Teralytic Soil probes will be available in limited supplies for the 2019 growing season. Teralytic soil probes use 26 proprietary sensors measuring nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, soil moisture, salinity, soil temp and PH every 15 minutes at depths of 6″,
This proposal is intended to test the nutrient analysis of hog manure in order to adjust application rate on a load-by-load basis with a goal of applying the manure using a variable rate prescription.
The objective of this project is to develop a crop rotation that significantly reduces nitrate loss and soil erosion compared to the traditional corn-soybean rotation while maintaining profitability in Southeastern Minnesota.
As an essential nutrient potassium (K) plays a critical role in corn plant development and chemical processes. As a result of the number of roles it plays in the plant,
The purpose of this project is to evaluate some of the Variable Rate Nitrogen programs against a check to see if they can reduce the amount of N per bushel of corn produced and to see if there is enough economic return to pay for the program.