Web-Based North Central Extension-Industry Soil Fertility Conference Proceedings Reports

John E. Sawyer, Faculty, Department of Agronomy

Situation

Access to nutrient management information across regional areas is becoming more and more important with the ease of information access today through the internet by a widely geographically dispersed audience. Providing current research-based information on soil fertility concepts and nutrient management principles helps crop advisers promote best practices to producers. This allows best input decisions and assists producers in making nutrient management decisions to economically reach crop production goals. Use of the internet to locate production information has become commonplace for producers, crop advisers, and agency personnel. Providing information via on-line web tools allows for a consistent resource and readily provides access to new information.

Objective

The goal was to provide access to current and historical reports presented at the annual North Central Extension-Industry Soil Fertility Conference via an on-line full-text searchable web site. This web based tool is targeted to ag-business professionals, certified crop advisers, and state agency personnel.

Activities/Outputs

The North Central Extension-Industry Soil Fertility Conference is attended by University Extension soil fertility and crop production specialists, industry agronomists, crop advisers, and agency personnel, with representation from states encompassing the North Central USA region and Ontario Canada. The goal of the conference is to facilitate sharing of new soil fertility and nutrient management research information and fertilizer industry developments. The North Central Extension-Industry Soil Fertility Conference has a long history, with the first meeting in 1971.

This web site is an electronic compilation of available proceedings reports, beginning with the 1985 conference. All reports are full-text searchable. Reports containing information on specific topics, phrases, or words can be found and are accessible electronically through the search process. The reports from future proceedings will be added when available each year.

This site was developed and is hosted by the Department of Agronomy, Agronomy Extension, Iowa State University, to help support the North Central Extension-Industry Soil Fertility Conference and to facilitate dissemination of soil fertility research results and information. The on-line web site is located at http://extension.agron.iastate.edu/NCE/. The site was activated in the spring of 2008. 

Impact/Outcomes

Application of crop nutrients is a major expense for Iowa crop production. Economic payback from any input is essential to maintain economic viability. Having a source of current and historical research information for crop advisers is essential to making appropriate application decisions. This new web based tool is providing relevant information to guide nutrient applications at a time when fertilizer costs are at record levels. This timely information has helped producers maintain viable economic return from crop production.

2008

100  Corn and Soybean Production and Protection

Page last updated: August 26, 2008
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