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Posted on: February 10, 2020

U of M Extension to Present Nitrogen Smart Workshop for Crop Producers Feb. 28

University of Minnesota Extension will be presenting a Nitrogen Smart workshop Feb. 28 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Annandale.

Nitrogen Smart is an educational program for agricultural crop producers that presents fundamentals for maximizing economic return on nitrogen investments while minimizing nitrogen losses.

The program will be broken into two sessions. The first session, which will run from 9 a.m. to noon, will teach the fundamentals. The second session, which will run from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., will teach advanced instruction.

The morning session will help participants learn about the sources of nitrogen for crops, how nitrogen is lost, how to reduce losses, how to manage nitrogen in drainage systems, what Nutrient Reduction Strategy and Nitrogen Fertilizer Management Plans mean to Minnesota producers and practices to refine nitrogen management, including split applications, alternative fertilizers and soil and tissue testing.

The advanced afternoon session is available to returning participants or to new participants who attend the morning fundamentals workshop. Nitrogen Smart certification is valid for three years after participants complete the fundamentals course.

The workshop is presented by University of Minnesota Extension, is funded by the Minnesota Corn Growers Association and hosted by the Minnesota Agricultural Water Resource Center.

There is no fee for the course and pre-registration is not required. For more information on the workshop, contact Extension Educator Adam Austing at (763) 682-7381.

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