From diagnosing yield-limiting factors to managing nitrogen, this comprehensive one
program will get you started on a solid nutrient management program. Led by Farm Journal Field Agronomists Ken Ferrie and Missy Bauer, this event will be held July 14 and 15-16 in Heyworth, Ill. Don't wait, register now to take advantage of the early bird special. Plus, all early birds are entered in a drawing for a Henry Repeating Arms Farmers Feeding the World tribute rifle with display case.
Listen below to an interview with Farm Journal Field Agronomist Ken Ferrie as he outlines the curriculum for the week of Illinois College events.
How to Manage Your Fertilizer Footprint
Nutrient loss reduction plans are grabbing headlines across the Corn Belt. This session will outline these strategies and evaluate the driving force behind the reduction plans. Participants will learn the environmental and legal concerns if the plans are not implemented and dive deep into the costs of implementation and its effect on profitability.
The Role of Phosphorus in Plants and Soil
The key to reducing pollution is understanding when nutrients are most susceptible to loss and in what forms they are the most harmful to the environment. This session will focus on the environmental concerns of phosphorus and how to find a balance between protecting the environment and meeting plant needs.
Timing and Placement of Nitrogen
This session will review the nitrogen cycle and its role in plant growth and highlight the environmental concerns of high levels of nitrates in the water supply. This session will focus on the importance of the "4 Rs"—and how these factors influence plant uptake and reduce loss while maintaining yield and profitability.
Clearing the Cover Crop Hurdle
Cover crops appear to be a mainstay in most proposed nutrient loss reduction strategies. In this session, attendees will examine potential cover crop pitfalls when implementing corn or soybean rotations. This in-field breakout will evaluate cover crop challenges and show how to better select and implement cover crops.
Make Your Phosphorus Dollars Count
Head to the field and evaluate the impact different phosphorus (P) application sources, timings and placements can have on plant uptake and efficiency. Under reduced application restrictions, it is imperative to find an efficient and profitable way to apply P.
The "4 Rs" of Nitrogen Management
Participants will evaluate different combinations of nitrogen (N) sources, application timings, placements and rates. Participants will observe the impact of how changing each aspect of the
"4 Rs" will have on crop development and N efficiency.
Rethink Your Sprayer Pass
presented by Fred Whitford, Purdue University
Crop damage can be prevented by cleaning and flushing the tank, hoses, screens, booms and nozzles. This breakout demonstrates proper procedures to remove unwanted residues and prevent the unintentional introduction of herbicides to sensitive or non-labeled crops.
The second day
will features bonus content, including the following sessions below, and more!
Cover Crops Role in Nutrient Loss Reduction
This hands-on breakout is designed to help farmers evaluate cover crop impacts on soil health, infiltration rates, microbial populations, nutrient cycling, uptake and loss potential. Soil tests will be conducted to determine the effect of cover crops on phorphorus (P) and nitrogen (N) concentrations at different depths that might be susceptible to loss.
How to Diagnose Yield Limiting Factors
Participants will head to the field and dig plants to evaluate a variety of tools to help diagnose yield-limiting factors in the field. As nutrient rates are reduced, it is important to be able to identify and fix any previously hidden yield limitation that may now become visible.
Nutrient Loss Reduction Management Plan Simulation
With an interactive format, participants will use the knowledge learned from the previous two days to to implement a sound and economical nutrient loss reduction strategy.