Nutrient Management

Dig into more about managing nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium and micronutrients in a way that maximizes crop yields while minimizing impacts to the environment and reducing waste.

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No-Till Farmer Influencers & Innovators

[Podcast] Battling Surface Soil Compaction with Bob Featheringill

In this episode of the “No-Till Farmer Influencers & Innovators” podcast, brought to you by Montag Manufacturing, No-Till Farmer editor Frank Lessiter talks with retired no-tiller Bob Featheringill of Attica, Ohio, who began no-tilling more than 40 years ago on highly erosive clay soils 25 miles from Lake Erie.
In this episode of the “No-Till Farmer Influencers & Innovators” podcast, brought to you by Montag Manufacturing, No-Till Farmer editor Frank Lessiter talks with retired no-tiller Bob Featheringill of Attica, Ohio, who began no-tilling more than 40 years ago on highly erosive clay soils 25 miles from Lake Erie.
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Recognizing Stalwarts in the No-Till, Soil Health Movement

The 24th class of No-Till Innovators have supported the adoption of cover crops, better nutrient management, improved soil health and timely, educational events and opportunities.
Three individuals and one organization are being recognized as the 24th class of No-Till Innovators for their commitment to the advancement of no-till farming systems in North America and worldwide.
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Top Content on No-TillFarmer.com in 2019

Take a look back at the trends and hot topics that shaped the No-Till Farmer website during 2019.
As we ring in the New Year, we take a look back at the year that came before and reflect on all that’s happened. 2019 was a tough year for a lot of farmers, with parts of the country experiencing severe flooding and high levels of precipitation.
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Prevented Planting Acres Turn Into an Unexpected No-Till Opportunity

Being in the right place at the right time — with the right mindset and cover crop mix — transformed a soggy spring situation into a new enterprise for Indiana no-tiller Don Thurston.
Don Thurston grew up on a farm, but by the time he took up the practice as a young man, his father, Herb, who had farmed from the 1930s until 1978, had already retired and sold his equipment.
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Sponsored Content: Focusing on Smarter, Sustainable Fertilizing Strategies

Focusing on Phosphorus

Clearly, phosphorus (P) is important for growing crops, and is involved in many functions within a plant such as energy storage and transfer (ATP/ADP), protein synthesis, photosynthesis, nucleic acid (DNA/RNA) synthesis, nutrient movement through cell walls and many more processes. Therefore, it pays to make sure P does not become deficient in plants.
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Soil Potassium Availability: The Roles of Manure, Irrigation and Potassium Feldspar

Why do Nebraska soils tend to have high potassium (K) availability, even with high yields and often without fertilizer K application? Why are yield responses to fertilizer-K infrequent? The answers lie in the K applied in manure and irrigation water, and soil mineralogy, says University of Nebraska Extension.
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NNTC16 Audio Presentations

8th Annual Responsible Nutrient Management Practitioners Program - NNTC 2016 Presentation - MP3 Download

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Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers and No-Till Farmer recognize three no-tillers judged to be environmentally, economically and practically responsible with their no-till nutrient management programs. The fertility practices and techniques utilized by these no-tillers — recognized as Responsible Nutrient Management Practitioners — will provide you with valuable ideas to consider in your own no-till operation.

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Tightening Your Nitrogen Budget by Getting it Right - Joe Nester - NNTC 2016 Presentation - MP3 Download

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Nitrogen rates have been hard to pin down and many times are completely wrong. A good way to describe the need for nitrogen is “variable.” Joe Nester, an independent crop consultant, discusses the nitrogen plot work his company, Nester Ag, has done over the last 10 years and provide some tips for nitrogen management on your no-till farm. Nester also talks about new soil tests he is using to develop variable-rate nitrogen recommendations, and he presents some tools that can help you tighten your nitrogen budget.

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Taking No-Till Further with Water Management, Positive Nutrient Practices - Mike Werling - NNTC 2016 Presentation - MP3 Download

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Mike Werling has been conservation farming for more than 30 years. In this time, the Decatur, Ind., farmer has adopted never-till, cover crops, waterways, water sediment and control basins, a two-stage ditch and drainage water management structures to further advance his conservation efforts. Werling shares his conservation journey and the practices that have markedly improved his soil tilth. In this presentation, he also provides information on studies and test plots he’s been involved with and share examples of practical application. Werling, who operates in the Maumee Watershed, explains his nutrient management practices and the positive effects they may have on Lake Erie’s water quality.

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Managing Micronutrients with Soil Testing and Fertilizer - Ray Ward - NNTC 2016 Presentation - MP3 Download

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For many years, we’ve considered fertilizer to be nitrogen, phosphate and potash. But as yields have increased, we’ve continued to remove secondary nutrients and micronutrients at greater amounts. Higher yields also increase the daily demand for these nutrients, creating potential micronutrient deficiencies. How can we tell if our crop is deficient in micronutrients? Ward Laboratories founder and president Ray Ward discusses the two methods of evaluation: soil testing and plant analysis, and what the proper sampling protocol is for each. He also explains how to correct micronutrient deficiencies, including the timing of soil and foliar nutrient application for each micronutrient.

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Soil Testing to Achieve Adequate No-Till Nutrient Levels - Ray Ward - NNTC 2016 Presentation - MP3 Download

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Every time we remove crops from the field, we remove all of the plant nutrients. If the soil is short on available nutrients, either commercial or organic fertilizer must be applied to the field to maintain productive yields. But if the soil has a high supply of nutrients, soil testing is a must to avoid over-application, which may contribute to environmental problems. Ray Ward will discuss the essential nutrients plants need and the optimal soil test value of each nutrient. The founder and president of Ward Laboratories in Kearney, Neb., will also talk about the importance of returning animal manures to the fields at proper rates.

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Why Phosphorus is Leaving the Farm and What to Do About it - Joe Nester - NNTC 2016 Presentation - MP3 Download

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Phosphorus has come under fire lately, especially around Lake Erie where toxic, blue-green algae blooms caused by phosphorus runoff have plagued the lake’s western basin the last several years. Why is this happening? Nester Ag owner and independent crop consultant Joe Nester from Bryan in northwest Ohio shares his thoughts on why phosphorus management is different today than it used to be. He talks about what practices no-tillers can employ on their farms to ensure their crops have adequate phosphorus while minimizing loss.

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How Can I Place My ‘N’ and ‘P’ Better in a No-Till System? - John Fulton - NNTC 2016 Presentation - MP3 Download

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With environmental policies influencing the timing and placement of fertilizers, it’s important to improve the application toolbox without sacrificing farm profitability. Placing nitrogen and phosphorus below the soil surface has been a suggested way to reduce off-site transport of nutrients, but at times, field capacity (ac/hr) may be sacrificed. Moving forward, the ability to both accurately place nutrients and apply them at the right time will be important for the no-till operation. In this presentation, John Fulton discusses opportunities for timing and placement of nitrogen and phosphorus, and how new technology can help enhance delivery. The Ohio State ag engineer also discusses environmental risks, agronomic response and application field capacity, as well as tips to consider for success.

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Everything You Need to Know About Micronutrients

Everything You Need to Know About Micronutrients

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This 24-page report uncovers the secrets to profitable, high yielding crop production with micronutrients including application and timings, pros and cons of soil and tissue testing and so much more. View
NNTC 2015 Speaker Presentation

The Potassium Paradox — A Path To Profitability With No-Till - Saeed Khan - NNTC 2015 Presentation - MP3 Download

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No-tillers should be concerned with soil test values assigned to potassium and the resulting intensive use of muriate of potash (KCI). Saeed Khan says recent studies show soil test values to be of no interpretative value due to drastic fluctuations and fail to differentiate potassium buildup from depletion. Levels have been found to increase even in the absence of applied potassium.

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NNTC 2015 Speaker Presentation

How Intensive Nitrogen Use Is Browning The Green Revolution - Richard Mulvaney - NNTC 2015 Presentation - MP3 Download

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Richard Mulvaney says the use of synthetic nitrogen for modern cereal production is assumed to build soil organic matter by increasing the input of residue carbon. However, the University of Illinois fertility specialist says this assumption is at odds with declining levels of soil carbon and nitrogen documented in long-term cropping trials. He adds these declines in soil nitrogen and carbon are occurring even when fertilizer inputs exceed grain nitrogen removal.

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