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Soil fertility management in Southeast Minnesota


By Michael Cruse

Mon, Feb 22nd, 2016
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Fertilizers are widely used to manage soil fertility. Their application provides the nutrients required to maximize agronomic yields and maintain healthy urban landscapes. Their over application though can lead to significant environmental degradation. The karst landscape of Southeast Minnesota makes the environment of this region particularly vulnerable to excess fertilizer application. Karst landscapes have bedrock that has been partially dissolved by water, leading to the formation of sinkholes and other direct channels where excess nutrients can easily enter below-ground water sources. So the question is how do we manage fertilizer inputs in this region so that we maximize return to land managers while also protecting the environment?

Determining appropriate fertilizer rates depends on a number of different factors, including: current soil fertility, plants growing at a site, site history, the types of fertilizer that are available, average environmental conditions for a region and a number of management level decisions. With all of these different variables, it can be rather challenging to make the best possible decision. That is where the University of Minnesota’s fertilizer recommendations come in. These recommendations, which are provided by Minnesota Extension, have been developed using extensive amounts of research and data. And along with recently released information on best management practices, provide guidance to farmers and non-farmers on how best to balance the environment and return on investment when applying fertilizers. This information can be found at the Extension website and at the local Extension office.

In addition, Minnesota Extension and the Minnesota Agricultural Water Resource Center (MAWRC) have co-organized two events this year dedicated to soil fertility and environmental stewardship. The first event, the 8th Annual Nutrient Management Conference will be held on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at Jackpot Junction Hotel, near Morton, Minn. This conference will cover topics ranging from nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium to lime and soil pH and from how crops take up nutrients to concerns with nutrients in the environment. The second event, the 2nd Annual Nitrogen: Minnesota’s Grand Challenge and Compelling Opportunity Conference will be held on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at the Rochester Events Center in Rochester, Minn. The conference is focused entirely on nitrogen management for crop production .....
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Southeast Minnesota real estate market continued to strengthen in 2015

Mon, Feb 22nd, 2016
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ROCHESTER, MN, January 28, 2016 – The real estate market in southeast Minnesota continued to strengthen throughout 2015, resulting in a residential housing market poised for significant growth. The results were announced by the Southeast Minnesota ..... 
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Gas Buddy - 9.14.15

Mon, Sep 14th, 2015
Posted in All State of Minnesota

September 8- Average retail gasoline prices in Minn. have fallen 7.2 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.35/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 2,856 gas outlets in Minn. This compares with the national average that ha ..... 
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Job Creation Fund completes original funding round Program has generated 3,156 jobs, attracted $497 million in investments

Mon, Sep 14th, 2015
Posted in All State of Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has allocated all $24 million that was approved in the 2013 legislative session for the Job Creation Fund. Since DEED launched the program in January 2014, a total of 46 compa ..... 
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SEMAC announces October 1 grant application deadline

Mon, Sep 14th, 2015
Posted in All State of Minnesota

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minn. through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts & cultural heritage fund. The Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council announces a call for pro ..... 
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Gas Buddy - 9.7.15

Tue, Sep 8th, 2015
Posted in All State of Minnesota

August 31- Average retail gasoline prices in Minn. have fallen 19.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.44/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 2,856 gas outlets in Minn. This compares with the national average that has ..... 
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Minnesota adds 2,900 jobs in June Unemployment rate is 3.9 percent

Mon, Jul 20th, 2015
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Minn. gained 2,900 jobs in June – a welcome reversal after employers cut 200 jobs in May, according to figures released today by the Minn. Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). The state’s unemployment rate was 3.9%, up 0.1 ..... 
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Gas Buddy - 6.29.15

Mon, Jun 29th, 2015
Posted in All State of Minnesota

June 15- Average retail gasoline prices in Minn. have risen 4.0 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.69/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 2,856 gas outlets in Minn. This compares with the national average that has inc ..... 
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Gas Buddy - 6.15.15

Mon, Jun 15th, 2015
Posted in All State of Minnesota

June 8- Average retail gasoline prices in Minn. have risen 8.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.65/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 2,856 gas outlets in Minn. This compares with the national average that has incr ..... 
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