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U of M research opportunities

Fri, Oct 15th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

By Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston Counties

I have been contacted by three individuals at the University of Minnesota looking for on-farm research sites in southeast Minnesota. If any of the projects described below strike your interest, please contact me.

•Alfalfa-Corn Research- Matt A. Yost, Graduate Research Assistant, University of Minnesota. We are looking for farmers who have alfalfa fields that they would be rotating to corn next spring? We will be investigating the effects of reduced tillage and manure applications on the N credit. We will also test the pre-sidedress nitrate test to determine its validity in MN.

•P and/or K Studies-Jeffrey A Vetsch, Assistant Scientist, University of Minnesota, Southern Research and Outreach Center. We are looking for farmer fields to do field strip P and/or K studies on next year. An ideal location is in soybeans this fall and has low and variable P or K as determined by recent grid or zone sampling. Treatments are simple with or without a high rate of P or K across the variable landscape. Usually about four to eight acres is enough in a given field. I know some growers have already applied fall P and K, but hopefully not all.

•Manure Hauling Study-Jose A. Hernandez, Ph.D., CPAg, Extension Educator - Nutrient Management University of Minnesota - Extension. We would like two growers, one dairy and one swine with small-or medium size farms in each region. Hopefully they may interested in grid sampling.

We would like grid soil sampling for three to four fields for each grower. Ideally, we would like to get one field near the barn. One to two fields midway (0.5-1 mile away) and one field far away from the barn that would likely seldom receives manure (two to three miles from the barn).

The idea is to see if it's economical to haul the manure farther from the barn, we will also run the P-index for the environmental assessment. If we get at least one field near water, that would help with the P-Index analysis.

Contact Jerry Tesmer at the Houston County Extension Office 507-725-5807 or at the Fillmore County Extension Office 507-765-3896. I'll be happy to discuss this further and put you in contact with the primary researcher.

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