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Compare your nitrogen sources by price


Fri, Sep 30th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

This past week I came across the updated version of the Nutrient & Manure Management Tables, produced by University of Minnesota Extension and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. This jam-packed, one page, two-sided publication is loaded with vital information for farmers.

The front side is mainly related to manure management. It covers Annual Manure Production and Nutrient Excretion from Livestock, Nutrient Content of Stored Manure, Nitrogen Losses as Affected by Method of Handling and Storage, Nitrogen Availability and Loss as Affected by Method of Application and Animal Species, and Calibrating Your Manure Spreader.

The back-side is more specific to fertilizer. It includes Nutrient Removal in the Harvested Portion of the Crop, Common Fertilizer Analyses, Legume Nitrogen Credits, Conversion Factors, and the one that I found very interesting, "Nitrogen Sources Per Pound Conversion. I think the chart below will be very useful when comparing prices for your various sources of spring nitrogen fertilizer.

For example, if anhydrous ammonia (82-0-0) is $1,000 per ton, the nitrogen is costing $0.61 per pound. The comparison for urea (46-0-0) is $560 per ton to have the same cost of $0.61 per pound. Your other option, UAN (28-0-0), falls between $325 and $350 per ton to get the same $0.61 per pound of nitrogen, or you can do a little calculating and find that $341.60 per ton is $0.61 per pound of nitrogen.

Call the Houston County Extension Office 507-725-5807 or the Fillmore County Extension Office at 507-765-3896 if you would like these charts.

There also a number of Nutrient Management Related Websites listed that provide additional sources of information.

•Certified Manure Testing Laboratories: http://www2.mda.state.mn.us/webapp/lis/manurelabs.jsp

•University of Minnesota Manure Management: http://www.manure.umn.edu/

•Minnesota Department of Ag Manure Management: http://www.mda.state.mn.us/protecting/conservation/practices/manuremgmt.aspx

•Minnesota NRCS Manure Management: http://www.mn.nrcs.usda.gov/technical/ecs/nutrient/manure/manure.htm

•Nitrogen Best Management Practices (BMPs): http://www.mda.state.mn.us/protecting/bmps/nitrogenbmps.aspx

•Nitrogen Rate Calculator: http://extension.agron.iastate.edu/soilfertility/nrate.aspx

•Economics of Manure Management (U of M): http://www.manure.umn.edu/applied/economics.html



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Late-season drought brings soybean stress

Fri, Sep 16th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

The dry soil conditions experienced recently over much of Minnesota may limit soybean yields, according to Dave Nicolai, crops educator with University of Minnesota Extension.

"Some plants are ripening prematurely. Another symptom of moistur ..... 
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Hand protection in agricultural settings

Fri, Sep 16th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

With Farm Safety Week coming up September 18-24, I started thinking of possible farm safety topics that I haven't covered. I decide to start by looking at topics that had been covered in recent years.

Here are some of the topics from past ne ..... 
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Focus on Farm Safety this fall

Fri, Sep 16th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

The tragedy of an agricultural death or injury can cause the personal loss of a friend or family member. It also causes an economic and social burden when a productive member of a community is incapacitated or dies.

"Safety Counts-Your Comm ..... 
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Soil test to reduce fertilizer expenses

Mon, Sep 12th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

High fertilizer prices appeared a couple of years ago and have not left us. This past week I was talking to truck driving hauling potash. He understood the potash he was hauling was about $150 per ton higher than last spring!

Soil testing is ..... 
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Farm Transition and Estate Planning

Mon, Sep 12th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Are you struggling with how to transfer your farm business to the next generation?

University of Minnesota Extension, Houston County and Caledonia Area Community Education are pleased to invite you to attend "Farm Transition and Estate Planni ..... 
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Options for managing your woodland

Mon, Sep 5th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

A series of Woodland Field Days have been scheduled around Minnesota. On Saturday, September 10, a Southeast Woodland Tour will be held at Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center.

These field days are for family forest owners. The field da ..... 
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2nd Ag in Motion trip = Huge Success!

Mon, Sep 5th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Several Fillmore Central students joined others from Southern Minnesota on a charter bus June 20-24 taking part in the 2nd annual Ag In Motion Class. 26 students from 8 schools took part in this trip from the following school districts: Glenville-Em ..... 
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FFA swine proficiency finalist, Molly Frank, part of pork tour

Fri, Aug 26th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Regional FFA Swine Proficiency finalists took part in a Minnesota Pork Board hosted Swine Industry Study tour earlier this summer. The tour stops included Newport Laboratories, Worthington; Chandler Feed and Grain, Chandler; Pipestone Systems, Pipes ..... 
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