Events

Upcoming Events

4R Technology Review Field Day

The 4R Technology Review Field Day will provide retailers and farmers with information on 4R practices, research and technologies, demonstrations, with guest speakers Tim Radatz, MAWRC; Mark Dittrich, Minnesota Department of Ag; Jeff Vetsch, University of Minnesota; Melinda Sposari, TFI; Steve Emory, CPS; and Adam Herges, Mosiac. Continuing Education Credits are also available for Certified Crop Advisers in attendance.

 

25% by 2025

In February, Gov. Mark Dayton announced a new goal to improve water quality in Minnesota—25% by 2025. According to the governor’s website, this new goal would not create additional regulations, but would serve as a “call to action to drive public engagement and partnerships to address the state’s growing water quality issues.” A series of water quality town hall meetings have been set from late July through early October, including seven outside of the metro area. Farmers are encouraged to attend these town hall events to learn more about water resource issues and to weigh in on local priorities and potential solutions. Dates and locations are:

  • Rochester, Monday July 31, 2017
  • Marshall, Wednesday, August 16, 2017
  • Mankato, Thursday, August 17, 2017
  • Crookston, Tuesday, September 5, 2017
  • St. Cloud, Wednesday, September 6, 2017
  • Ely, Tuesday, September 12, 2017
  • Bemidji, Wednesday, September 13, 2017
  • Minneapolis, Tuesday, September 26, 2017
  • Burnsville, Wednesday, October 4, 2017
  • Maplewood, Thursday, October 5, 2017

 

Past Events

Presentations from the 2017 Nitrogen: Minnesota's Grand Challenge & Compelling Opportunity Conference

Agenda

2016 Year in Review - Weather Summary
Dave Nicolai, University of Minnesota

2016 Year in Review - Pest Update
Dr. Bruce Potter, University of Minnesota

Crop Yield and N Management Tools: Promise and Pitfalls
Dr. Jim Schepers, USDA-ARS & University of Nebraska

Nitrous Oxide Emissions from Fertilized Soil: Can We Manage It?
Dr. Rod Venterea, USDA-ARS & University of Minnesota

Nitrates in Tile Drainage - The Indiana Situation
Dr. Shalimar Armstrong

Nitrates, Well Testing and Rules - Where is this all Heading?
Larry Gunderson, Minnesota Department of Agriculture

Upgrade your Corn N Management Using Precision Ag
Dr. Newel Kitchen, USDA-ARS & University of Missouri

Nitrogen Cycle and Soil Water Balance Components for Continuous Corn in Southwest Minnesota
Dr. Jeff Strock, University of Minnesota

In-Season Split Nitrogen Management and the Role of Soils Testing
Dr. Fabian Fernandez

Presentations from the 2017 Nutrient Management Conference

Agenda

Fertilizer Recommendations Update
Dr. Dan Kaiser, University of Minnesota

Agronomics and Economics of Precision Nutrient Management Zones
Dr. Raj Khosla, Colorado State University

Potato Industry Fertilizer Conservation Efforts
Nick David, RDO Agronomist

Nitrogen Management in Irrigated Crops
Rick Gilbertson, Pro Ag Crop Consultants, Inc.

Improved Productivity with In-Season Nitrogen Management
Dr. Fabian Fernandez

Nitrogen Management for First and Second Year Corn Following Alfalfa
Dr. Jeff Coulter, University of Minnesota

Keeping Track of Fertilizer and Soil and Plant Amendment Registrations
Dr. Jeppe Kjaersgaard, Minnesota Department of Agriculture

Nitrates, Well Testing and Rules - Where is this all Heading?
Larry Gunderson, Minnesota Department of Agriculture

Presentations from the 2016 Nutrient Management Conference

In-Season N Predictions: The Modeling Approach
Carrie Laboski, Pd.D., CPSS, Professor & Extension Soil Fertility/Nutrient Management Specialist
Department of Soil Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison

In-Season Nitrogen Prediction: The Sensing Approach
Daniel Kaiser, Associate Professor
Department of Soil, Water and Climate, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities 

Chemistry of N Fertilizer Additives
Dave Franzen, Ph.D., Professor of Soil Science, Extension Soil Specialist
North Dakota State University 

Cover Crops and Nitrogen in Water
Tom Kaspar
USDA-ARS, National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment - Ames, IA 

Soil pH and Liming Needs in Minnesota
Jeffery Vetsch, Research 4 and Soil Scientist
University of Minnesota, Southern Research and Outreach Center 

Mechanisms of Nutrient Uptake: Is Fertilization Enough?
Fabián Fernández, Nutrient Management & Water Quality Specialist
Department of Soil, Water and Climate, University of Minnesota 

Phosphorous Leaving Our Landscapes
Tim Radatz
Discovery Farms Wisconsin & Discovery Farms Minnesota 

Economic Use of Immobile Nutrients
T. Scott Murrell, Director, North American Programs
International Plant Nutrition Institute 

Nitrate in Our Drinking Water -- What 10,000 Wells are Telling Us
Bruce Montgomery
MN Department of Agriculture

Presentations from the 2016 Nitrogen: Minnesota's Grand Challenge & Compelling Opportunity Conference

Climate Trends and Their Implications
Dr. Mark Seeley
Department of Soil, Water and Climate, University of Minnesota Extension 

Will Changing Weather Patterns Affect Nitrogen Management?
Gyles Randall, Professor Emeritus
University of Minnesota

 Nitrogen Use Efficiency for Old vs. Modern Corn Hybrids
Ignacio Ciampitti, Cropping Systems Specialist
K-Sate Research & Extension, Kansas State University 

Cover Crops & Nitrogen Management
Jaimie West, MS, CCA
Department of Soil Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison 

Improved Nitrogen Efficiency Through N Source, Additives, and Time of Application
Jeffrey Vetsch
Southern Research and Outreach Center, University of Minnesota 

In-Season N Predictions Using Canopy Sensors
Daniel Kaiser, Associate Professor
Department of Soil, Water and Climate, University of Minnesota Twin Cities 

Nitrogen Loss in Manured Systems
Amber Radatz
Discovery Farms Wisconsin 

Anhydrous Ammonia, Soil, & CEC: Myths and Management
Fred Vocasek, Senior Lab Agronomist
Servi-Tech Laboratories 

Nitrate in Our Drinking Water: What 10,000 Wells Are Telling Us
Bruce Montgomery
MN Department of Agriculture

Presentations from the 2015 Crop Nutrient Management Conference

2015 Crop Nutrient Management Conference Agenda

Morning Session 

History of Improvement in Fertilizer Use Efficiency
Dr. Bob Hoeft, Emeritus Professor
University of Illinois 

What's Ahead for Fertilizer Pricing and Supply?
Andy Jung, Director of Market and Strategic Analysis
The Mosaic Company 

Rate of Change in Soil Test Values for P and K
Dr. George Rehm, Discovery Farms Coordinator
Minnesota Agricultural Water Resource Center 

Agronomy with $3.00 Corn
Dr. Jeff Coulter, Extension Corn Specialist
Dept. of Agronomy and Plant Genetics, University of Minnesota 

Afternoon Session 1 

Planning for In-Season Nitrogen Application
Dr. Fabian Fernandez, Nutrient Management & Water Quality Specialist
Dept. of Soil, Water, and Climate, University of Minnesota 

Sensing for In-Season Nitrogen Needs
Dr. Jim Schepers, Soil Scientist
USDA/ARS - Lincoln, Nebraska 

Current Technology for Predicting In-Season Nitrogen Rates
Dr. Dan Kaiser, Associate Professor
Dept. of Soil, Water, and Climate, University of Minnesota 

Afternoon Session 2 

Nitrogen Credits for Manure and Soil Organic Matter
Jeff Vetsch, Assistant Scientist
Southern Research & Outreach Center, University of Minnesota 

Recent Research for Nitrogen Credits for Alfalfa
Dr. Jeff Coulter, Extension Corn Specialist
Dept. of Agronomy and Plant Genetics, University of Minnesota 

Changing Weather: Effects on Fertilizer Management
Dr. Mark Seeley, Professor
Dept. of Soil, Water, and Climate, University of Minnesota 

Afternoon Session 3 

Micronutrient Requirements
Dr. Antonio Mallarino, Professor
Department of Agronomy, Iowa State University 

Nutrient Dynamics with Cover Crops
Dr. Matt Ruark, Assistant Professor
Department of Soil Science, University of Wisconsin 

Effective Additives for Improving Fertilizer Use Efficiency
Dr. Dave Franzen, Extension Soil Specialist
Soil Science, North Dakota State University 

Presentations from the 2014 Discovery Farms Update

Agenda for the 7th Annual Discovery Farms Update 

Agronomic And Environmental Impacts Of Commercial Fertilizer Compared to Turkey Manure
Dr. George Rehm, Discovery Farms Coordinator
Minnesota Agricultural Water Resource Center 

7th Annual Discovery Farms Update
Tim Radatz, Research Specialist
Minnesota Agricultural Water Resource Center 

Bioreactors for Nitrate Removal in Tile Drained Cropland
Dr. Gary Feyereisen, Adjunct Assistant Professor
University of Minnesota - Department of Soil, Water and Climate 

A Shift In Direction And Emphasis At The Gorans Brothers Farm
Dr. George Rehm, Discovery Farms Coordinator
Minnesota Agricultural Water Resource Center

Presentations from the 2014 Crop Nutrient Management Conference

Agenda for the 2014 Crop Nutrient Management Conference 

Morning Session 

Welcome
Warren Formo, Executive Director
Minnesota Agricultural Water Resource Center 

Tools for Assessing Nitrogen Needs During the Growing Season
Dr. John Lamb, Professor
Dept. of Soil, Water and Climate, University of Minnesota 

Risks of In-Season Nitrogen Applications
Dr. Fabian Fernandez, Nutrient Management and Water Quality Specialist
Dept. of Soil, Water and Climate, University of Minnesota 

The Minnesota Nitrogen Fertilizer Management Plan
Bruce Montgomery, Manager Fertilizer Nonpoint Section
Minnesota Department of Agriculture 

Minnesota's Nutrient Reduction Strategy
Dave Wall, Project Coordinator
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency 

Dealer Perspective on In-Season Nitrogen Applications (No Slides Available)
DeLon Clarksean, Retail Dealer
Helena Fertilizer, Canby, Minnesota  

Afternoon Session 1 

Status of Long-Term Phosphorus Research
Dr. Albert Sims, Director of Operations
Northwest Research and Outreach Center, University of Minnesota 

Our Nutrient Management Focuses On Profit and the Environment (No Slides Available)
Joe Griebe, Farmer
Brownton, Minnesota 

Green Star Farms - An Environmental Assessment Project
Jeremy Geske, Watershed Education Specialist
Minnesota Agricultural Water Resource Center  

Afternoon Session 2 

Standard Procedures for On-Farm Research
Dr. John Lamb, Professor
Dept. of Soil, Water and Climate, University of Minnesota 

From Field to Stream: Measuring Nutrient Losses in Southeast Minnesota
Kevin Kuehner, Soil Scientist, CCA
Minnesota Department of Agriculture 

Importance of Manure Management in Improving Nitrogen Use Efficiency
Jared Anez, Independent Consultant
Anez Counsulting, Inc  

Afternoon Session 3 

Fertilizer Management in Conservation Tillage Systems
Jeff Vetsch, Assistant Scientist
Southern Research and Outreach Center, University of Minnesota 

Progress With Discovery Farms - Minnesota
Tim Radatz, Research Specialist
Minnesota Agricultural Water Resource Center 

Have Standards for Plant Analysis Changed?
Dr. Dan Kaiser, Assistant Professor
Dept. of Soil, Water and Climate, University of Minnesota

Presentations from the 2013 Wetlands and Drainage Forum

Multipurpose Drainage, design concepts and practices for multiple benefits
Al Kean, Chief Engineer
MN Board of Water and Soil Resources 

Incorporating Conservation in Ag Drainage Projects
Anna Bramblett, Conservation Engineer (MN)
Natural Resources Conservation Service, USDA 

A Farmers Perspective
Doug Albin, farmer
Yellow Medicine River Watershed 

Drainage Design and Other Factors Influencing Tile Discharge
David Mulla, Prof. for Soil & Water Resources
Dept. of Soil, Water and Climate, Univ. of MN 

Ag Wetland Mitigation Banking: how does it work?
Les Lemm, Wetland Conservation Act Coordinator
MN Board of Water and Soil Resources 

A Legal Perspective: things landowners need to know
Kurt Deter, Attorney
Rinke Noonan - attorneys at law

Presentations from the 2013 Waseca Farm Forum

Profile of Minnesota Agriculture
Jim Boerboom, Deputy Commissioner
MN Department of Agriculture 

Does Drainage Create More Erosive Rivers?
Shawn Schottler, Senior Scientist
St. Croix Watershed Research Center, Science Museum of MN 

Minnesota Drainage Law
Kurt Deter, Attorney at Law
Rinke Noonan Law Office 

The Iowa Plan: Drainage and Wetland Landscape Systems Initiative
Chuck Brandel, Senior Civil Engineer/Principal
I&S Engineers
Jon Rosengren
I&S Group 

Explaining & Demonstrating Today’s Agriculture to the Public
Jim Palmer, former Executive Director
MN Soybean Research & Promotion Council and United Soybean Board 

Click here for a full playlist of the presentations

Presentations from the 2013 Nutrient, Soil, and Water Management Conference

You can download presentations from the 2013 Nutrient, Soil, and Water Management Conference by clicking on the links below: 

Conservation Practices to Manage Nutrients for Crop Production and WQ
Al Kean, PE, Chief Engineer, BWSR 

Nitrogen Timing and Crop Uptake
Dr. Albert L. Sims, University of Minnesota 

Red River Basin Tile Drainage Study
Charles Fritz, International Water Institute 

What's New with Micronutrients?
Daniel Kaiser, University of Minnesota 

Sulfur 101
Daniel Kaiser, University of Minnesota 

Agronomic & Fertilizer Management for Corn on Corn
Jeff Coulter, University of Minnesota Extension, Corn Specialist 

Nitrogen Extenders for Nitrogen Fertilizers
Dave Franzen, North Dakota State University 

Soil Health & Sustainability in Minnesota
Doug Miller, Minnesota NRCS Soil Health Coordinator 

Overview & Update: The Clay Drainage Site
Luke Stuewe, Minnesota Department of Agriculture - Detroit Lakes 

Herman Rosholt Farm Project
Josh Stamper, Minnesota Department of Agriculture 

Basics of Soil Fertility - Soil pH, Soil CEC, and Root Traffic
Ron Gelderman, South Dakota State University 

Tissue Testing
John Lee, Soil Scientist, AGVISE Laboratories

Presentations from the 2012 MN Agriculture and Nitrates Forum

This educational event addressed nitrogen use in agriculture, groundwater and surface water issues, and animal and human health concerns. You can download each of the presentations by clicking on the links below: 

Improve Nitrogen Management by Considering the Source
Dr. Carrie Laboski, University of Wisconsin
 

Maximizing Yield While Minimizing Nitrate Loss
Jeff Vetsch and Gyles Randall, University of Minnesota
 

New Rules for Farming in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed: What Should Minnesota Be Concerned About?
Dr. Frank Coale, University of Maryland
 

Nitrates and Animals
Dr. Steve Ensley, Iowa State University
 

Nitrates in Groundwater - Filtering Out the Facts
Bruce Montgomery, Minnesota Department of Agriculture
 

Nitrogen Loss Comparison in Surface Runoff vs. Tile Flow in Wisconsin Tiled Landscapes
Eric Cooley, Wisconsin Discovery Farms

Presentations from the 2012 Nutrient Management Conference

You can download presentations from the 2012 Nutrient Management Conference by clicking on the name of the presenation you wish to view in the list below. 

80 Years of Nutrient Use
Ray Dowbenko
 

What Farmers Taught Me
Bill Bond
 

Basics of Soil Phosphorus
Albert Sims
 

Soil Tests and Environmental Considerations
Ray Ward
 

Evaluating Fertilizer Additives
Nick Ward
 

Drainage Technology Research in Southwest Minnesota
Jeff Strock
 

Discovery Farms
George Rehm
 

Fertilizer Efficiency in High Yield Environments
Charles Wortmann
 

Limits on Banded Fertilizer
Ron Gelderman
 

Evaluating BMP Effectiveness
Brian Williams

Presentations from the 2011 Nutrient Management Conference

Presentations from the 2011 Sediment Seminar