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Farmer Nominations Sought For Responsible Nutrient Management Practitioners Award

BROOKFIELD, WIS. (Dec. 15, 2014) — No-tillers who take pride in being effective and environmentally responsible with fertilizer are encouraged to submit nominations for the Responsible Nutrient Management Practitioners Program. The awards progam recognizes each year several no-tillers who are judged to be taking a responsible approach with their use of applied fertilizer with their onfarm practices.

Three no-tillers will be honored for their nutrient-management practices at the 23rd annual National No-Tillage Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Jan. 16, 2015, during the event's annual luncheon. These award winners will receive free transportation and lodging from Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers and free conference registration ($359 value) from No-Till Farmer.

Self-nominations are accepted. Click here to nominate a deserving no-tiller.

Several growers were honored last January before 900 growers during the 22nd annual National No-Tillage Conference in Springfield, Ill.

Darrell Bruggink (left) executive editor of No-Till Farmer, and Dale Ruff right), programs manager of Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers, stand with Responsible Nutrient Management Practitioners award winners (l-r) Dean Glenney, Roger Wenning, Lon Bohn and Don Blaschko.

Roger Wenning of Greensburg, Ind.; Lonnie Bohn and Don Blaschko of B&B Partners in Gibbon, Neb.; and Dean Glenney of Dunnville, Ontario, each shared five practices they utilize on their farms in an effort to use only necessary amounts of applied fertilizer and make sure that it’s used by crops rather than lost to the environment.

Last year, all nominees for the 6th annual program answered more than 20 questions about their farming operations through an online application. Their responses were graded by a panel of fertility experts. The highest scorers were awarded the honor, along with complimentary travel to the conference and lodging from Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers and conference registration from No-Till Farmer. Agro-Culture and No-Till Farmer are co-sponsors of the Responsible Nutrient Management Practitioners Program.

Following are snapshots of fertility practices utilized by these no-tillers:

  • Bohn and Blaschko farm 1,600 acres of corn, soybeans and wheat. Soil testing is conducted every 4 years on 2.5-acre grids, but they test for nitrogen and nitrates annually. They split-apply nitrogen with 10 gallons of 32-0-0 and 10-34-0, along with nitrification inhibitors and phosphorus enhancers, at planting time. They also apply nitrogen with post-emergence herbicide applications and apply nutrients through center pivots after taking tissue samples.
  • Glenney uses a concept he terms “fencerow farming” to create conditions in the row similar to soil found in undisturbed fencerows. No-tilling corn and soybeans in strips, Glenney likes to plant right back into the same row year after year. He applies all phosphorus and potassium at planting time 4 inches off the row, while half of his nitrogen is applied as 28% on each side of twin corn rows at planting time. When corn is 20 inches tall, he knifes in the remaining nitrogen in the row middles.
  • Wenning variable-rate applies all fertilizer according to grid sampling conducted every 2 to 4 years. When strip-tilling corn, fertilizer is applied 2 to 4 inches deep near the row. He uses both liquid and dry fertilizer, with urea and AMS applied in a 2-by-2-inch band, and various mixes of liquid fertilizers applied in-furrow. Nitrogen is also applied at sidedress, and Wenning occasionally uses late-season foliar applications if tissue tests indicate a need.

“While there are some similarities in these farmers’ fertility programs, we see differences at times with the formulations of fertilizer they apply. What they have in common is they are very aware of what their fertility needs are and apply only what the crop needs to produce high yields,” says Dale Ruff, programs specialist for Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers, who introduced the winners during a special luncheon at the National No-Tillage Conference. “Their aim is to produce high yields with minimum impact on the environment.”

View the full report to get more details about these farmers’ fertility management programs and farming operations.

2014 Recipients

    • B&B Partners, Gibbon, Neb.
    • Dean Glenney, Dunnville, Ontario
    • Roger Wenning, Greensburg, Ind.

    2013 Recipients

      • Joel Armistead, Adairville, Ky.
      • John Niemeyer, Cortland, Neb.
      • H. Grant Troop, Oxford, Pa.

      2012 Recipients

        • Bob Bottens, Cambridge, Ill.
        • Donn Branton, Le Roy, N.Y.
        • David Sutherland, Leroy, Kan.

        2011 Recipients

          • Jordan Bennett, Hermiston, Ore.
          • Larry Bonnell, Pittsford, Mich.
          • Jeff Garman, Colfax, Ill.

          2010 Recipients

          • Allen Dean, Bryan, Ohio
          • Jack Maloney, Brownsburg, Ind.
          • Davis, Ryan and Greg Bell of Cornerstone Partnership in Des Arc, Ark.

          2009 Recipients

          • David Brandt, Carroll, Ohio
          • Mike Starkey of Brownsburg, Ind.
          • Ed and Dan Wilkinson of Getty Acres Farm in Gettysburg, Pa.

          Again, you can click here to nominate a deserving no-tiller. Thank you again for participating.

          $2,500 Scholarship From Foundation
          Targets Students In Agriculture

          The Responsible Nutrient Management Foundation is offering scholarships in the amount of $2,500 available to students attending an agriculture-related program at a post-secondary educational institution in the U.S. during the 2015-16 school year.

          No-Till Farmer is a contributor and supporter of this effort intended to further the education of students who demonstrate the ability to clearly articulate the importance of responsible nutrient management not only for the future of the agricultural industry, but also for American culture in general.

          Other companies supportive of this effort include Responsible Nutrient Management Foundation members Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers, Ag PhD, Capello USA, PNC Bank and RFD-TV.

          Interested students may access the scholarship application at The deadline for applications is May 31, 2015.

          COMMENTS: 1
          Previous winners?
          Posted from: Mark, 10/27/10 at 7:13 AM CDT
          Are there articles on the site or in past issues that describe the acheivements of the past winners? I'd like to read them.

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