AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host a workshop titled Focus on Nitrogen: Managing Nitrogen for Maximum Profit and Minimum Water Quality Impact on Aug. 9 at the Iowa State Northeast Research Farm near Nashua. The workshop is part of a statewide series of events this summer and fall that focus on managing nitrogen.
The event is targeted to farmers and those who advise farmers and is hosted by a team of ISU Extension and Outreach field agronomists, ag engineering specialists and water quality researchers. Presenters will share research-based information on maximizing profitability with nitrogen management while also increasing the understanding of the practices that minimize and reduce nitrate-nitrogen loss.
Hosted by one of the country’s most prestigious water quality research facilities, the event will begin with a field tour by Ken Pecinovsky, Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm superintendent. The tour will highlight nitrogen management strategies and water quality testing practices being conducted on the farm.
Brian Lang and Terry Basol, field agronomists with ISU Extension and Outreach, will discuss nitrogen fertilizer recommendations for corn, split application of nitrogen and cover crops pertaining to making crop production decisions. The event will conclude with a manure applicator distribution demonstration and nitrogen management discussion as it relates to manure by Basol and Kapil Arora, agricultural engineering specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach.
The program runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Check-in begins at 9:30 a.m. at the Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm’s Borlaug Learning Center.
A free lunch also is provided to those who attend, but pre-registration is required in order to produce an accurate number of meals. To pre-register, call the Borlaug Learning Center at 641-435-4864. In addition, CCA credits have been applied for.
Directions to the Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm: From Nashua at the junction of Hwy 218 (Exit 220) and County Road B60, go west on B60 1.1 miles to Windfall Ave., then south 1 mile to 290th St., then east 0.2 miles to the farm.