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
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.