Start out your February right with Farm Journal Field Agronomist Ken Ferrie as he leads two, one-day events Feb. 3 and Feb.4 all geared towards boosting your yields. With low commodity prices, it's time to get tough and manage your field fertility programs. Ferrie will lead the Nutrient Management College covering topics ranging from the fundamentals to in-depth information on a well-rounded nutrient program. Leave armed with more knowledge on the "Four-R" concept: right rate, right time, right place and right product. Ferrie will share years of data from the Farm Journal Test Plots program which will give you the confidence you need to make the right decisions in your fields.
Don't wait and register today to save your seat for the Nutrient Management College. To see the topics covered, view the agenda below. Also, don't miss the opportunity to attend the Test Plots Research Results Seminar on Feb. 3. If you attend both events, you will receive a bundle rate and the opportunity to join Ferrie for a VIP dinner the evening of Feb. 3. To learn more, click here.
Nutrient Management College
7:30 – 8:30 a.m. Registration and Expo Open
8:30 – 8:40 a.m. Welcome from Farm Journal
8:40 – 9:30 a.m. It All Starts with Soil presented by Ken Ferrie
Before making nutrient management decisions, you have to listen to your soils. Attendees will learn the steps to taking a proper soil test, from evaluating testing procedures to lab analysis. Learn what soil tests can and can’t tell you. This is the first step to making decisions for a longterm
9:30 – 10:45 a.m. The Timing and Placement of Nutrients Matter presented by Ken Ferrie
Understanding the role phosphorus plays in your plants is key to understanding the importance of timing. Phosphorus needs to be available early in vegetative growth for early uptake. Learn if starter fertilizer is a fit for your soil and which soils provide a bigger payback. The plots provide research on in-furrow versus 2x2, broadcasting versus branding P, and overall, the importance of “P” placement and the role it plays in the net return of the crop. Plots will also provide starter research in soybeans.
10:45 – 11:00 a.m. Break and Expo Open
11:00 – 12:15 p.m. What You Need to Know to Maximize N presented by Ken Ferrie
This session will go back to the basics of the nitrogen cycle and its role within the plant. Attendees will learn what components make up the right rate and how to design the right rate to match N to the plant needs. The different types of application in both corn and soybeans will be discussed to help you implement the most cost-efficient variable rate program.
12:15 – 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 – 1:50 p.m. Find Your Optimum pH Levels presented by Ken Ferrie
Attendees will learn the vital role pH plays in plant life, soil health, microbial life and soil structure. This session will instruct attendees how to measure the accurate amount of acidity. Ferrie will also instruct attendees on how to reach the optimum pH while managing fertilizer dollars.
1:50 – 2:00 p.m. Break and Expo Open
2:00 – 2:50 p.m. The Nutrient That Affects It All presented by Ken Ferrie
Attendees will learn how potassium operates in the plants and how to best incorporate it into a fertility program. Potassium is a keystone nutrient that affects all others. Learn how to best manage the nutrient starting with the different potassium tests used in soil. Attendees will also learn how environmental conditions affect uptake, including drought and high rates of nitrogen.
2:50 – 3:40 p.m. The Role of Micronutrients in the Plant presented by Ken Ferrie
This session will dive deep into where to look and expect micronutrient deficiencies. Learn which crops have sensitivity to micronutrients, how to identify deficiencies and how to develop a plan to fix the problem. Kick the broad fix approach to the curb and learn how to fine-tune your solutions.
3:40 – 4:00 p.m. Open Agronomic Q&A
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