The University of Minnesota Extension is again offering educational sessions for farmers wanting to learn how to maximize economic return on nitrogen investments while minimizing N losses and impact on the environment.
The day-long Nitrogen Smart training is broken into two components: the morning session covers research-based N fundamentals and the afternoon session covers more advanced material.
Overall, producers will learn about:
- Sources of N for crops
- How N is lost from soil and how to reduce losses
- How to manage N in drainage systems
- Minnesota’s Nutrient Reduction Strategy and Nitrogen Fertilizer Management Plan
- Practices to refine nitrogen management, including split applications, alternative N fertilizers, soil and tissue testing and N models
Nitrogen Smart certification is valid for three years after participants complete the fundamentals course. The advanced session is available to returning participants or to new participants that attend the morning fundamentals course.
The 14 Nitrogen Smart meetings scheduled are:
- Jan. 21, 4-H Building, 1900 Fairgrounds Drive, Faribault
- Jan. 27, Jackpot Junction, 39375 County Road 24, Morton
- Jan. 29, Holiday Inn Austin Conference Center, 1701 4th St. NW., Austin
- Jan. 30, Fairmont KC Hall, 920 E. 10th St., Fairmont
- Feb. 7, Vet's Club, 221 N Meridian St., Belle Plaine
- Feb. 11, Cass Gilbert Depot, 200 1st St. NW., Little Falls
- Feb. 12, U-M Northwest Research and Outreach Center, 2900 University Ave., Crookston
- Feb. 17, Prairie Event Center, 201 W. Main St., Parkers Prairie
- Feb. 21, Grand Prairie Events, 105 S. Estey St., Luverne
- Feb. 24, American Legion, 215 3rd St. SW., Plainview
- Feb. 27, American Legion, 525 Main St. N., Pine City
- Feb. 28, St. John's Lutheran Church, 331 Harrison St. W., Annandale
- March 2, Willmar Conference Center, 240 23rd St. SE., Willmar
- March 3, Appleton Civic Center, 323 W. Schlieman Ave., Appleton
All meetings will begin with the fundamentals session at 9 a.m. The advanced session at each site begins at 1 p.m.
The Fairmont, Parkers Prairie, Plainview and Pine City sites also will have a Manure Management Advanced program. The rest of the sites will have the new advanced session, which is titled, "A Deep Dive Into the 4Rs."
Brad Carlson, U-M Extension educator, says farmers who have not attended Nitrogen Smart are encouraged to attend the fundamentals session as well as the afternoon session.
“Previous attendees can attend the morning session if they want or just come to the afternoon advanced session,” Carlson says.
No pre-registration required and there is no cost to attend.
Nitrogen Smart is presented by University of Minnesota Extension, funded by the Minnesota Corn Growers Association and hosted by the Minnesota Agriculture Water Resource Center.
For more information, contact Carlson at the Mankato Regional Office, 507-389-6745, or email him at email@example.com.
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