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Initiative pays farmers to compare fertilizer application rates


Fri, Mar 5th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

It's not too late to sign up for the 2010 Minnesota Nutrient Management Initiative, which is paying farmers $1,200 annually for comparing the profitability and productivity of two different fertilizer application rates on one of their fields. Farmers participating in this program will learn about the nutrient use efficiency resulting from their specific management practices on their land.

The program is simple. Two fertilizer rates are replicated three times and evaluated for yield and profit based the participant's fertilizer costs. Fertilizer rate comparisons may involve nitrogen or phosphorous, and nitrogen comparisons must maintain at least a 30 pound per acre rate difference. Participants must work with a Certified Crop Advisor who will assist with site design and validate cropping and yield information. Once reporting is completed, participants receive an economic summary. The identity of every participant is kept confidential.

Agricultural and conservation professionals will benefit as the Nutrient Management Initiative data indicate how corn is responding to nitrogen rates on real farms across Southern Minnesota. This may shed light on the effects of key production variables including fertilizer type, soil type, plant variety and application method and timing. As the number of participating farms increases in each county, this database will grow in value.

The majority of participants in the Nutrient Management Initiative have commented favorably about their experiences and fine-tuned their nutrient management as a result. Additionally, one hundred percent of crop advisers interviewed agreed the program assisted farmers with nutrient management evaluation and influenced management changes.

The Nutrient Management Initiative is funded through the Environmental Quality Incentive Program and administered through a partnership between the NRCS and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. Program results will assist Minnesota NRCS with evaluation of their nutrient management guidance.

Program details and prior year results are available at www.mda.state.mn.us/nmi. Interested farmers should visit their local NRCS office, or call Derek Fisher at 507-369-6693.



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Farm Service Agency News - March 8, 2010

Fri, Mar 5th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

SURE Signup

Signup for the 2008 Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments program (SURE) began on January 4, 2010. SURE 2008 is for those who suffered crop production losses during crop year 2008.

SURE provides crop disaster assistance ..... 
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Pasture Walk Series to continue in 2010

Fri, Mar 5th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

The last two years a series of events under the general title "Pasture Walks" have taken place in Southeast Minnesota. Generally, we have started with an indoor activity and then later in the summer gone to a number of farm locations to observe vari ..... 
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Nation's Largest Organic Farming Conference Continues to Grow

Tue, Mar 2nd, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

The nation's largest organic farming conference, hosted by the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) had approximately 2,700 organic farmers and agriculture professionals attend this year's Organic Farming Conference (OFC) from al ..... 
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Remember the trees

Fri, Feb 26th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Whether we live in town, on a farm, or in the backwoods, everyone should be concerned about the welfare of our trees. We may be inclined to take our trees for granted. Trees are major contributors to our quality of life. Our trees combat global warm ..... 
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USDA Rural Development Awards Over $418 Million Throughout Minnesota in Recovery Act's 1st Year

Thu, Feb 25th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

St. Paul, Minn. - Since being signed into law by President Obama in February 2009, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) has made a major impact throughout rural Minnesota. Over $418 million in loans and grants have been awarded to improv ..... 
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Manure value workshop doubleheader

Mon, Feb 22nd, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

A pair of Manure Value workshops have been scheduled for Tuesday, January 26th, one in Preston and one in Caledonia. The morning session will take place from 9:00 am to 11:30 am in Room 108, County Office Building, Preston. The afternoon session wil ..... 
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Climate change and Minnesota's woods

Mon, Feb 22nd, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Southeastern Minnesota's forested landscapes provide home to wildlife, income for landowners, clean water, and a beautiful scenic backdrop. However, the future health of these forests depends on care and wise management. If you own or spend time in ..... 
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Remember the trees!

Mon, Feb 22nd, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Whether we live in town, on a farm, or in the backwoods, everyone should be concerned about the welfare of our trees. We may be inclined to take our trees for granted. Trees are major contributors to our quality of life. Our trees combat global warm ..... 
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