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Getting efficient with nitrogen fertilizer


Fri, Feb 18th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Extension Notes

By Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston counties

Fertilizer cost has gone from the fifth highest expense to the highest expense in the last five years! Based on the Wisconsin "PEPS" Program for corn silage, fertilizer costs used to follow equipment, harvest, land, and seed costs as recently as 2006. So, where can you save some money?

In the case of nitrogen fertilizer, the universities in Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan have created a multi-state, regional approach to N guidelines for corn. This is based on the maximum return to nitrogen (MTRN). It is a flexible rate based on economics using the cost of nitrogen and the price of corn. A Corn Nitrogen Rate Calculator is available for all these states at http://extension.agron.iastate.edu/soilfertility/nrate.aspx

I've found it real interesting to play the "what if" game. "What if the price of corn goes way beyond $7.00?" How might that change your nitrogen rate? Living only one mile from Iowa, I also look at how Iowa recommendations differ from Minnesota.

In a corn-on-corn situation with $.50/lb. N and $4.50 price of corn, the Minnesota MRTN would be 148 lb. N/acre. Increase the price to $7.00 and the MRTN increases to 154 lb. N/acre. If the price of corn goes to $10.00, the MRTN increases to 159 lb. N/acre. And if you move across the border into Iowa the MRTN increases to 190 lb. N/acre.

The chart from the Nitrogen Rate Calculator will also give you a nitrogen fertilizer range that should be within $1.00 of the MRTN. For example, the Minnesota $7.00 corn at $.50 /lb. N has an acceptable range of 147 - 162 lbs. /acre.

If you do not have computer access and would like to try some nitrogen/price scenarios using your fertilizer price and expected corn market price, contact me at the Fillmore County Extension Office 507-765-3896 or the Houston County Extension Office 507-725-5807 and I'll run them for you.



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Winslow attends promotion and education conference in Duluth

Sat, Feb 12th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Jean Winslow, of Fillmore County Farm Bureau, joined nearly 100 Farm Bureau members from Minnesota at the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) Promotion and Education (P&E) Conference January 28-29 at the Holiday Inn in Duluth, Minnesota.

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Feedlot Korner Manure and air quality events

Sat, Feb 12th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Value Of Manure Workshop

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

1:00 pm-4:00 pm

Rushford Village Hall

Rushford, MN

This "Value of Manure" education workshop is a three-hour event where crop and livestock producers will learn th ..... 
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Manure Value Workshop

Fri, Feb 4th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture



A Manure Value Workshop has been scheduled for Wednesday, March 2nd, at the Rushford Village Hall. The session will be from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm.

Extension Educator Jose Hernandez will lead the workshops with assistance from the works ..... 
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Local professionals explore medicinal herbs and farm raised meat

Fri, Jan 28th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Lanesboro, MN - January 18, 2011 - Lanesboro Local Marketplace is hosting two enrichment classes on February 5, 2011. Bonnie Kreckow, a clinical herbalist will give an introduction to herbal medicine - Nature's pharmacy. Andrew Bunge and Christian M ..... 
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Tour de Forage

Sun, Jan 23rd, 2011
Posted in Agriculture



Rochester is one of the stops on the Tour de Forage, sponsored by the Southeast Minnesota Forage Council and MFA Winter Meeting and will feature keynote speakers Neal Martin and Paul Peterson. The event will be held at the UCR Heintz Center, ..... 
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Private pesticide recertification opportunities

Sun, Jan 23rd, 2011
Posted in Agriculture



Farmers needing to renew their Private Pesticide Certification have three options. They can attend a Recertification Workshop instead of retesting; this is the fifth year of this option. Or, they can complete the test as a home study course, ..... 
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Accepting Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) applications now

Sun, Jan 23rd, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Agricultural producers looking to solve natural resource problems on their farms should apply now for assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) administered by the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).
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Farm service agency news

Fri, Jan 14th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

By Tammy Martin

SURE Signup

Signup for the 2009 Supplemental Revenue Assistance Program (SURE) began Jan. 10, 2011. SURE provides benefits for 2008 - 2011 crop year farm revenue losses due to natural disasters.

A farm enrolled ..... 
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