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The Nutrient Management Podcast

Welcome to University of Minnesota Extension's Nutrient Management Podcast.

Welcome to University of Minnesota Extension's Nutrient Management Podcast. Each month we bring you the latest research in nutrient management for crops and how you can incorporate the latest tips and best management practices to your farm.

Latest Episode

AFREC research roundup: 2023 nutrient management findings

This episode of the Nutrient Management Podcast is our 2023 AFREC research roundup. What is AFREC and how does it help our panelists conduct their research? What AFREC-funded projects are they currently working on? Have there been any interesting findings from the 2023 growing season? What have been our panelists’ favorite AFREC research projects and why? What would happen if AFREC were to go away?  Guests: Daniel Kaiser, Extension nutrient management specialist (St. Paul) Jeff Vetsch, U of M researcher (Waseca) Lindsay Pease, Extension nutrient and water management specialist (Crookston) Fabian Fernandez, Extension nutrient management specialist (St. Paul) Additional Resources: 2024 Nutrient Management, and Nitrogen conferences AFREC website AFREC video MDA web page on AFREC --- For the latest nutrient management information, subscribe to the Nutrient Management Podcast wherever you listen and never miss an episode! And don't forget to subscribe to the Minnesota Crop News daily or weekly email newsletter, subscribe to our YouTube channel, like UMN Extension Nutrient Management on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and visit our website. Support for the Nutrient Management Podcast is provided by Minnesota's fertilizer tonnage fee through the Agricultural Fertilizer Research & Education Council (AFREC). Learn more at MNsoilfertility.com.

January 22 • 36m 14s

Episodes

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AFREC research roundup: 2023 nutrient management findings

This episode of the Nutrient Management Podcast is our 2023 AFREC research roundup. What is AFREC and how does it help our panelists conduct their research? What AFREC-funded projects are they currently working on? Have there been any interesting findings from the 2023 growing season? What have been our panelists’ favorite AFREC research projects and why? What would happen if AFREC were to go away?  Guests: Daniel Kaiser, Extension nutrient management specialist (St. Paul) Jeff Vetsch, U of M researcher (Waseca) Lindsay Pease, Extension nutrient and water management specialist (Crookston) Fabian Fernandez, Extension nutrient management specialist (St. Paul) Additional Resources: 2024 Nutrient Management, and Nitrogen conferences AFREC website AFREC video MDA web page on AFREC --- For the latest nutrient management information, subscribe to the Nutrient Management Podcast wherever you listen and never miss an episode! And don't forget to subscribe to the Minnesota Crop News daily or weekly email newsletter, subscribe to our YouTube channel, like UMN Extension Nutrient Management on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and visit our website. Support for the Nutrient Management Podcast is provided by Minnesota's fertilizer tonnage fee through the Agricultural Fertilizer Research & Education Council (AFREC). Learn more at MNsoilfertility.com.

January 22 • 36m 14s
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Nitrogen management in southeast Minnesota: What's the situation and what's being done?

In this episode of the Nutrient Management Podcast, we’re talking about nitrogen management and water quality in southeast Minnesota. What is the situation in southeast Minnesota and why is it different from the rest of the state? What is the history of this work in southeast Minnesota on nitrogen issues? What is being done about the situation, and what are our current recommendations for southeast MN? Where does our panel see this issue going in the future? Guests: Brad Carlson, Extension educator (Mankato) Jeff Vetsch, U of M researcher (Waseca) Greg Klinger, Olmsted County Soil and Water Conservation District (Rochester) Additional resources: How to interpret a water test for nitrate Watershed planning and nitrate reduction podcast Six observations from six years of tile sampling for nitrates in southeast Minnesota Nitrogen Smart Nitrogen management: Two on-farm research programs offer Minnesota corn growers opportunity to improve N fertilizer practices Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program (MAWQCP): Impacts on farm economics and the environment Olmsted County Soil and Water Conservation District Southeast Minnesota Groundwater Resources Fertilizing Corn in Minnesota --- For the latest nutrient management information, subscribe to the Nutrient Management Podcast wherever you listen and never miss an episode! And don't forget to subscribe to the Minnesota Crop News daily or weekly email newsletter, subscribe to our YouTube channel, like UMN Extension Nutrient Management on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and visit our website. Support for the Nutrient Management Podcast is provided by Minnesota's fertilizer tonnage fee through the Agricultural Fertilizer Research & Education Council (AFREC). Learn more at MNsoilfertility.com.

December 13 • 32m 21s
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Edge of field N and P reduction strategies: What to know about conservation drainage practices

In this episode of the Nutrient Management Podcast, we’re talking about edge of field N and P reduction strategies. What is an edge of field practice and why are they used? What specific practices do our panelists have experience with, and which have the most potential for use in Minnesota? Are these practices a farmer can pursue alone, or do they require local government to be involved? What assistance is available for farmers who are interested in one of these practices?  Guests: Brad Carlson, Extension educator (Mankato)  Laura Christianson, researcher, U of M Department of Soil, Water, and Climate (St. Paul) Jeff Strock, Extension soil scientist (Lamberton) Additional resources: Minnesota Nutrient Reduction Strategy NRCS Minnesota Minnesota SWCDs on the web SWROC Soil & Agricultural Water Management Video: A Holistic Approach to Managing Agricultural Drainage Water Bioreactors: Reducing water pollution with microbes and wood chips Podcast: Watershed planning and nitrate reduction Nitrogen Smart online courses Plan to attend Nitrogen, Nutrient Management Conferences in February 2024 in St. Cloud, Mankato How to interpret a water test for nitrate Before applying manure, check the Runoff Risk Advisory Forecast --- For the latest nutrient management information, subscribe to the Nutrient Management Podcast wherever you listen and never miss an episode! And don't forget to subscribe to the Minnesota Crop News daily or weekly email newsletter, subscribe to our YouTube channel, like UMN Extension Nutrient Management on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and visit our website. Support for the Nutrient Management Podcast is provided by Minnesota's fertilizer tonnage fee through the Agricultural Fertilizer Research & Education Council (AFREC). Learn more at MNsoilfertility.com.

December 11 • 38m 21s
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Fall soil sampling

In this episode of the Nutrient Management Podcast, we’re talking about fall soil sampling. What do conditions look like around the state? Is there a best time to take soil samples in the fall? What should you watch out for when sampling dry fields? What should you keep in mind when using grid versus zone soil sampling? Guests: Daniel Kaiser, Extension nutrient management specialist (St. Paul) Brad Carlson, Extension educator (Mankato)  Lindsay Pease, Extension nutrient and water management specialist (Crookston) Fabian Fernandez, Extension nutrient management specialist (St. Paul) Additional resources: Video: How to take a soil sample Understanding the soil test report Fall fertilizer outlook: Prices, drought, N sources, soil testing, and more U of M fertilizer recommendations by crop Nitrogen Smart’s online course adds advanced sessions on manure management, the 4Rs Learn about your land using the Web Soil Survey Finbin --- For the latest nutrient management information, subscribe to the Nutrient Management Podcast wherever you listen and never miss an episode! And don't forget to subscribe to the Minnesota Crop News daily or weekly email newsletter, subscribe to our YouTube channel, like UMN Extension Nutrient Management on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and visit our website. Support for the Nutrient Management Podcast is provided by Minnesota's fertilizer tonnage fee through the Agricultural Fertilizer Research & Education Council (AFREC). Learn more at MNsoilfertility.com.

October 2 • 39m 21s
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Fall manure best practices

In this episode of the Nutrient Management Podcast, we’re talking about fall manure best practices. What are some best management practices for the fall manure application season? If you're a crop farmer thinking about getting manure this fall, what information do you need from the producer or the manure applicator? What are some things to look out for? What's on the horizon for manure application? What are some practical safety solutions surrounding manure and the application of manure? Guests: Melissa Wilson, Extension manure nutrient management specialist (St. Paul) Kevin Erb, Director, Conservation Professional Training Program, University of WI - Madison Daniel Andersen, Extension specialist and assistant professor, Iowa State University Additional resources: Manure research in Minnesota - U of M Extension Storymap Conservation Professional Training Program The Manure Scoop blog Runoff Risk Advisory Forecast Do the "4R's" apply to manure? You betcha! Tips for fall manure application, and how to avoid nutrient loss --- For the latest nutrient management information, subscribe to the Nutrient Management Podcast wherever you listen and never miss an episode! And don't forget to subscribe to the Minnesota Crop News daily or weekly email newsletter, subscribe to our YouTube channel, like UMN Extension Nutrient Management on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and visit our website. Support for the Nutrient Management Podcast is provided by Minnesota's fertilizer tonnage fee through the Agricultural Fertilizer Research & Education Council (AFREC). Learn more at MNsoilfertility.com.

September 20 • 30m 38s
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2023 Fall Fertilizer Outlook

In this episode of the Nutrient Management Podcast, we’re talking about the fall fertilizer outlook for 2023. What are growing conditions looking like around the state? What is the current status of fertilizer prices and availability in Minnesota? What should growers be thinking about heading into fall? There is a lot of talk about environmental issues related to fertilizer use and the potential for future regulation. How should that play into application decisions for this fall? Guests: Daniel Kaiser, Extension nutrient management specialist (St. Paul) Jeff Strock, Extension soil scientist (Lamberton) Brad Carlson, Extension educator (Mankato)  Additional resources: Nitrogen Smart Online Course 2023 Fertilizer Guidelines for Agronomic Crops in Minnesota publication now available Making sense of Minnesota’s corn fertilizer guidelines: Frequently asked questions and answers IDC in soybean: 4 things to know about managing iron deficiency chlorosis Before applying manure, check the Runoff Risk Advisory Forecast Nitrogen-fixing biological products: New report summarizes research from across the Corn Belt --- For the latest nutrient management information, subscribe to the Nutrient Management Podcast wherever you listen and never miss an episode! And don't forget to subscribe to the Minnesota Crop News daily or weekly email newsletter, subscribe to our YouTube channel, like UMN Extension Nutrient Management on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and visit our website. Support for the Nutrient Management Podcast is provided by Minnesota's fertilizer tonnage fee through the Agricultural Fertilizer Research & Education Council (AFREC). Learn more at MNsoilfertility.com.

August 9 • 37m 1s
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Measuring and building soil carbon

In this episode of the Nutrient Management Podcast, we’re talking about measuring and building soil carbon, and some challenges and solutions for farmers and researchers. Why is carbon in the soil being considered as a credit in the global carbon cycle? What practices change soil carbon? What makes soil carbon complicated to measure? What do you think is the ideal (or is there an ideal) carbon measurement scheme and what would it look like? What new research exists to address some of these challenges? Is Minnesota uniquely positioned in any way to contribute to solving these issues? Guests: Anna Cates, Extension soil health specialist (St. Paul) Jessica Gutknecht, faculty, U of M Department of Soil, Water, and Climate (St. Paul) Gregg Sanford, research scientist, U of Wisc Department of Plant and Agra Ecosystem Sciences (Madison) Additional Resources: Contact information for Anna Cates: catesa@umn.edu Contact information for Gregg Sanford: gsanford@wisc.edu SOCNET MN Farmers Union Guide to Carbon Markets Carbon markets: Paying farmers to reduce tillage, plant cover crops Minnesota Office for Soil Health SPRUCE --- For the latest nutrient management information, subscribe to the Nutrient Management Podcast wherever you listen and never miss an episode! And don't forget to subscribe to the Minnesota Crop News daily or weekly email newsletter, subscribe to our YouTube channel, like UMN Extension Nutrient Management on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and visit our website. Support for the Nutrient Management Podcast is provided by Minnesota's fertilizer tonnage fee through the Agricultural Fertilizer Research & Education Council (AFREC). Learn more at MNsoilfertility.com

July 26 • 27m
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In-season nitrogen decision tools

In this episode of the Nutrient Management Podcast, we’re discussing nitrogen decision tools. How much are we actually at risk of losing fall or spring applied nitrogen because soils are saturated in May? What options do we have to assess nitrogen loss following heavy rain? If a grower is planning on applying nitrogen in season, what suggestions would you have for sources, timing, placement, and inhibitors? How late in the growing season can you apply nitrogen and what should you consider?

June 13 • 35m 21s
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Soybean fertilizer management

In this episode of the Nutrient Management Podcast, we’re discussing soybean fertilizer management. What does the research say on whether foliar application of liquid fertilizer increases yield? Are other nutrients such as sulfur or nitrogen recommended? What nutrients or practices are not suggested for soybean?  Guests: Fabian Fernandez, Extension nutrient management specialist (St. Paul) Daniel Kaiser, Extension nutrient management specialist (St. Paul) Seth Naeve, Extension soybean agronomist (St. Paul) Jeff Vetch, U of M researcher (Waseca) Additional resources: New study finds foliar fertilizers rarely increase soybean yield Soybean fertilizer guidelines Soybean nutrient calculator Managing iron deficiency chlorosis (IDC) in soybeans  --- For the latest nutrient management information, subscribe to the Nutrient Management Podcast wherever you listen and never miss an episode! And don't forget to subscribe to the Minnesota Crop News daily or weekly email newsletter, subscribe to our YouTube channel, like UMN Extension Nutrient Management on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and visit our website. Support for the Nutrient Management Podcast is provided by Minnesota's fertilizer tonnage fee through the Agricultural Fertilizer Research & Education Council (AFREC). Learn more at MNsoilfertility.com

May 8 • 35m 37s
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2023 Spring fertilizer outlook

In this episode of the Nutrient Management Podcast, we’re talking about the spring fertilizer outlook for 2023. Will the dry conditions last year have repercussions for how fertilizer is managed this year? What considerations should growers be making regarding fertilizer for a potentially late spring? Is there any new research on fertilizer products like biologicals or inhibitors that Minnesota growers should be aware of? Guests: Brad Carlson (bcarlson@umn.edu), Extension educator (Mankato).  Daniel Kaiser, Extension nutrient management specialist (St. Paul) Jeff Vetsch,  U of M researcher (Waseca) Additional resources: For the second year in row, taking a pre-plant soil nitrate test this spring could pay big Planting or nitrogen application: With a wet spring, which one comes first? Nutrient Management Podcast: Phosphorus and potassium application in a late spring What's new on the topic of biostimulants? --- For the latest nutrient management information, subscribe to the Nutrient Management Podcast wherever you listen and never miss an episode! And don't forget to subscribe to the Minnesota Crop News daily or weekly email newsletter, subscribe to our YouTube channel, like UMN Extension Nutrient Management on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and visit our website. Support for the Nutrient Management Podcast is provided by Minnesota's fertilizer tonnage fee through the Agricultural Fertilizer Research & Education Council (AFREC). Learn more at MNsoilfertility.com

April 3 • 31m 54s
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Fertilizing lawns and gardens

In this episode of the Nutrient Management Podcast, we’re talking about fertilizing lawns and gardens. Why is proper nutrient management for lawns and gardens important? What should home gardeners and lawn caretakers know about nutrient management? Why is phosphorus fertilizer use restricted in the Twin Cities metro area and on lawns in Minnesota? What can gardeners and lawn caretakers do to protect local water quality? Guests: Carl Rosen, Extension nutrient management specialist Natalie Hoidal, Extension educator - local foods and vegetable crops Jon Trappe, Extension educator - turfgrass Christy Marsden, Master Gardener Volunteer Program Additional Resources: Soil Testing Lab Yard and Garden News Yard and Garden YouTube channel Fertilizing Lawns Ask a Master Gardener --- For the latest nutrient management information, subscribe to the Nutrient Management Podcast wherever you listen and never miss an episode! And don't forget to subscribe to the Minnesota Crop News daily or weekly email newsletter, subscribe to our YouTube channel, like UMN Extension Nutrient Management on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and visit our website. Support for the Nutrient Management Podcast is provided by Minnesota's fertilizer tonnage fee through the Agricultural Fertilizer Research & Education Council (AFREC). Learn more at MNsoilfertility.com

March 14 • 27m 19s
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Watershed planning and nitrate reduction

In this episode of the Nutrient Management Podcast, we’re talking about watershed planning and nitrate reduction. What are watershed plans and what goes into them? How do watershed plans affect nutrient management decision-making? What should farmers know about edge-of-field and nutrient management planning in relation to water quality goals? Guests: Wayne Cords, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Brad Carlson, Extension nutrient management specialist (Mankato) Jeff Strock, Extension soil scientist (Lamberton) Additional Resources: Advanced Nitrogen Smart, Feb. 13 - March 17 at various locations around the state Minnesota Nutrient Reduction Strategy (MPCA) One Watershed, One Plan (MN BWSR) Where Can I Get Support? (MN BWSR) Minnesota State Programs (USDA FSA)

February 8 • 45m 53s
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Variable Rate Technology

In this episode of the Nutrient Management Podcast, we’re talking about variable rate technology. What are some reasons that farmers might want to use variable-rate fertilizer instead of applying a single rate? Is there a difference between variable rating, different nutrient types? What are the technologies that are used to prescribe variable-rate fertilizer and what is the theory behind them? If farmers apply fertilizer at a variable rate, how should they evaluate those outcomes? Guests: Brad Carlson, Extension educator (Mankato)  Daniel Kaiser, Extension nutrient management specialist (St. Paul) Jeff Vetch, Extension nutrient management researcher (Waseca) Additional resources: Variable rate nitrogen and nitrogen advisory tools: Do they work? Fertilizer recommendation technology: What is success? On-farm precision ag research update: In-season site-specific side-dress nitrogen rate recommendations for corn

January 10 • 42m 33s
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Biostimulants

In this episode, three University of Minnesota experts discuss biostimulants. What's new on the topic of biostimulants? What new research is there related to biostimulants? How should farmers go about testing biostimulant products? Guests:  Daniel Kaiser, Extension nutrient management specialist  Carl Rosen, Extension nutrient management specialist Lindsay Pease, Extension nutrient management specialist (NWROC - Crookston) Additional resources: Compendium of Research Reports on Use of Non-Traditional Materials for Crop Production Should farmers consider biostimulant products? Biostimulants: What are they and do they work? U of M fertilizer guidelines by crop --- For the latest nutrient management information, subscribe to the Nutrient Management Podcast wherever you listen and never miss an episode! And don't forget to subscribe to the Minnesota Crop News daily or weekly email newsletter, subscribe to our YouTube channel, like UMN Extension Nutrient Management on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and visit our website. Support for the Nutrient Management Podcast is provided by Minnesota's fertilizer tonnage fee through the Agricultural Fertilizer Research & Education Council (AFREC). Learn more at MNsoilfertility.com

December 15 • 30m 32s
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Soil Test Myths

In this episode of the Nutrient Management Podcast, we’re talking about soil test myths. First, why is it important to discuss these pervasive myths surrounding soil tests? Myth 1: the Mehlich-3 test is a better test for farmers to consider: Myth 2: I can predict my nitrogen requirement with the cation exchange capacity test. Myth 3: K base saturation is the better way to predict potassium. Myth 4: I need to run an analysis of all micronutrients. Guests: Daniel Kaiser, Extension nutrient management specialist (St. Paul) Brad Carlson, Extension educator (Mankato)  Carl Rosen, Extension nutrient management specialist (St. Paul) Additional resources: https://blog-crop-news.extension.umn.edu/2021/02/what-is-best-soil-test-option-for.html https://extension.umn.edu/testing-and-analysis/understanding-soil-test-report https://extension.umn.edu/crop-specific-needs/fertilizing-corn-minnesota https://extension.umn.edu/crop-specific-needs/soybean-fertilizer-guidelines https://blog-crop-news.extension.umn.edu/2019/07/video-micronutrients-small-but-mighty.html --- For the latest nutrient management information, subscribe to the Nutrient Management Podcast wherever you listen and never miss an episode! And don't forget to subscribe to the Minnesota Crop News daily or weekly email newsletter, subscribe to our YouTube channel, like UMN Extension Nutrient Management on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and visit our website. Support for the Nutrient Management Podcast is provided by Minnesota's fertilizer tonnage fee through the Agricultural Fertilizer Research & Education Council (AFREC). Learn more at MNsoilfertility.com

November 28 • 38m 16s
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Sugarbeet nutrient management

In this episode of the Nutrient Management Podcast, we discuss surgarbeet nutrient management. How did Minnesota become the nation's top sugarbeet producer? What are some highlights from past sugarbeet nutrient management research in Minnesota? What current studies does the U of M have on sugarbeet nutrient management? What else should growers know about sugarbeet nutrient management? Guests: Daniel Kaiser, Extension nutrient management specialist (St. Paul) Melissa Wilson, Extension manure nutrient management specialist (St. Paul) Lindsay Pease, Extension nutrient and water management specialist (Crookston) John Lamb, professor emeritus, Department of Soil, Water and Climate (St. Paul) Additional Resources: U of M sugarbeet fertilizer guidelines Cover crop options for pre-pile sugarbeet Is Minnesota really one of the nation's top sugar producers? (Star Tribune) --- For the latest nutrient management information, subscribe to the Nutrient Management Podcast wherever you listen and never miss an episode! And don't forget to subscribe to the Minnesota Crop News daily or weekly email newsletter, subscribe to our YouTube channel, like UMN Extension Nutrient Management on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and visit our website. Support for the Nutrient Management Podcast is provided by Minnesota's fertilizer tonnage fee through the Agricultural Fertilizer Research & Education Council (AFREC). Learn more at MNsoilfertility.com

October 17 • 28m 56s
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P and K Guidelines

In this episode, we’re talking about phosphorus and potassium guidelines. Why do P and K guidelines differ from state to state? What is the best way to collect soil samples, and are there benefits from grid sampling? Are there any new technologies out there that may replace soil testing in the future? Guests: Daniel Kaiser, nutrient management specialist (St. Paul) Jeff Vetch, nutrient management specialist (Waseca) Antonio Mallarino, soil fertility and nutrient management specialist (Iowa State University) Dorivar Ruiz Diaz, soil fertility specialist (Kansas State University) Additional resources: University of Minnesota - corn fertilizer guidelines Iowa State University - soil fertility Kansas State University - soil fertility recommendations Is build-and-maintain a viable strategy for crop nutrient management? What is the best soil test option for phosphorus? Nutrient Management Podcast: Optimal P and K levels in the soil 5 tips for cutting phosphorus, potassium fertilizer costs --- For the latest nutrient management information, subscribe to the Nutrient Management Podcast wherever you listen and never miss an episode! And don't forget to subscribe to the Minnesota Crop News daily or weekly email newsletter, subscribe to our YouTube channel, like UMN Extension Nutrient Management on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and visit our website. Support for the Nutrient Management Podcast is provided by Minnesota's fertilizer tonnage fee through the Agricultural Fertilizer Research & Education Council (AFREC). Learn more at MNsoilfertility.com

September 13 • 41m 53s
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Cover crops

In this episode of the Nutrient Management Podcast, we’re talking about cover crops. What should farmers who are considering growing cover crops this year be thinking about? What are some tips for getting a cover crop established in Minnesota? Should growers consider applying fertilizer to help get a cover crop established? What recent cover crop studies have U of M researchers been doing, and what have we learned from them? Guests: Anna Cates, Extension soil health specialist (St. Paul) Fabian Fernandez, Extension nutrient management specialist (St. Paul) Carl Rosen, Extension nutrient management specialist (St. Paul) Lizabeth Stahl, Extension crops educator (Worthington) Additional resources: Extension cover crops MCCC SWROC cover crop field day Rosholt Farm field day Soil health field day at Brent Fuchs’ farm --- For the latest nutrient management information, subscribe to the Nutrient Management Podcast wherever you listen and never miss an episode! And don't forget to subscribe to the Minnesota Crop News daily or weekly email newsletter, subscribe to our YouTube channel, like UMN Extension Nutrient Management on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and visit our website. Support for the Nutrient Management Podcast is provided by Minnesota's fertilizer tonnage fee through the Agricultural Fertilizer Research & Education Council (AFREC). Learn more at MNsoilfertility.com

August 3 • 45m 16s
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Annual fall fertilizer outlook

This episode of the Nutrient Management Podcast is our annual fall fertilizer outlook. What is the current status of fertilizer prices and availability in Minnesota? What should growers be thinking about heading into fall? Should more growers consider inhibitors and biological products that aim to increase fertilizer efficiency? Guests: Daniel Kaiser, Extension nutrient management specialist (St. Paul) Jeff Vetch, Extension nutrient management researcher (Waseca) Fabian Fernandez, Extension nutrient management specialist (St. Paul) Brad Carlson, Extension educator (Mankato)  Lindsay Pease, Extension nutrient and water management specialist (Crookston) Additional Resources: Most Fertilizer Prices Press Lower With Nitrogen Taking the Lead Video: Fall vs. spring urea in Minnesota --- For the latest nutrient management information, subscribe to the Nutrient Management Podcast wherever you listen and never miss an episode! And don't forget to subscribe to the Minnesota Crop News daily or weekly email newsletter, subscribe to our YouTube channel, like UMN Extension Nutrient Management on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and visit our website. Support for the Nutrient Management Podcast is provided by Minnesota's fertilizer tonnage fee through the Agricultural Fertilizer Research & Education Council (AFREC). Learn more at MNsoilfertility.com

July 27 • 42m 19s
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Iron Deficiency Chlorosis (IDC) in soybean

In this episode of the Nutrient Management Podcast, we discuss iron deficiency chlorosis (IDC) and soybean nutrient management. What are our guests working on for research on IDC? Is there anything new out there for farmers to help manage IDC? With the late planting and dry conditions following last year's harvest, are any impacts on IDC anticipated this year? What else should growers know about soybean nutrient management? Guests: Dan Kaiser, Extension nutrient management specialist (St. Paul) Seth Naeve, Extension soybean agronomist (St. Paul) Maykon Junior de Silva, U of M graduate research assistant (St. Paul) Additional Resources: https://youtu.be/eV1kxevrE0Q https://extension.umn.edu/crop-specific-needs/managing-iron-deficiency-chlorosis-soybean z.umn.edu/soybeanfertilizer --- For the latest nutrient management information, subscribe to the Nutrient Management Podcast wherever you listen and never miss an episode! And don't forget to subscribe to the Minnesota Crop News daily or weekly email newsletter, subscribe to our YouTube channel, like UMN Extension Nutrient Management on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and visit our website. Support for the Nutrient Management Podcast is provided by Minnesota's fertilizer tonnage fee through the Agricultural Fertilizer Research & Education Council (AFREC). Learn more at MNsoilfertility.com

June 16 • 36m 15s
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Challenging spring weather

In this episode of the Nutrient Management Podcast, we discuss challenging spring weather and how growers can move forward. What are field conditions looking like around Minnesota? After a cold, wet April with not much fieldwork, what should growers be thinking about heading into May? How can growers better manage nutrients, and water, as Minnesota's climate gets increasingly wetter? Guests: Brad Carlson, Extension educator - nitrogen management & water quality (Mankato) Lindsay Pease, Extension nutrient and water management specialist - NWROC (Crookston) Jeff Strock, U of M soil scientist - SWROC (Lamberton) Anne Nelson, Extension educator - water resources (St. Cloud) Additional resources: Spring nutrient management decisions: How can growers save on fertilizer costs this year? Taking soil samples for nitrogen analysis could pay big this year Fertilizer recommendations by crop Gopher Coffee Shop podcast: Corn planting outlook Strategic Farming: Field Notes launches May 11 --- For the latest nutrient management information, subscribe to the Nutrient Management Podcast wherever you listen and never miss an episode! And don't forget to subscribe to the Minnesota Crop News daily or weekly email newsletter, subscribe to our YouTube channel, like UMN Extension Nutrient Management on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and visit our website. Support for the Nutrient Management Podcast is provided by Minnesota's fertilizer tonnage fee through the Agricultural Fertilizer Research & Education Council (AFREC). Learn more at MNsoilfertility.com

May 2 • 31m 10s
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Spring nutrient management decisions

In this episode of the Nutrient Management Podcast, we discuss spring nutrient management decisions. What are field conditions looking like around Minnesota? What's the status of fertilizer prices and supplies? How can growers save on fertilizer costs this year? Will there be any changes made to the fertilizer guidelines in 2022? Guests: Dan Kaiser, Extension nutrient management specialist (St. Paul) Fabian Fernandez, Extension nitrogen management specialist (St. Paul) Lindsay Pease, Extension nutrient and water management specialist - NWROC (Crookston) Brad Carlson, Extension educator - nitrogen management & water quality (Mankato) Chryseis Modderman, Extension educator - manure management (Morris) Jeff Vetsch, Soil science researcher - SROC (Waseca) Additional resources: Taking soil samples for nitrogen analysis could pay big this year Fertilizer recommendations by crop Manure for sale: How livestock farmers can benefit from high fertilizer prices With high fertilizer prices, should you consider manure options in your area? Video recordings of 2022 Nutrient Management and Nitrogen Conference presentations now available --- For the latest nutrient management information, subscribe to the Nutrient Management Podcast wherever you listen and never miss an episode! And don't forget to subscribe to Minnesota Crop News' daily or weekly email newsletter, subscribe to our YouTube channel, like UMN Extension Nutrient Management on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and visit our website. Support for the Nutrient Management Podcast is provided by Minnesota's fertilizer tonnage fee through the Agricultural Fertilizer Research & Education Council (AFREC). Learn more at MNsoilfertility.com

April 7 • 41m 45s
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Kernza

Guests: Jake Jungers, U of M Assistant Professor, Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics Jared Goplen, Extension educator - crops Brad Heins, U of M Associate Professor of Animal Science, West Central Research and Outreach Center Additional resources: Kernza website U of M Forever Green - Kernza U of M Sustainable Cropping - Kernza Minnesota Kernza Twitter account --- For the latest nutrient management information, subscribe to the Nutrient Management Podcast wherever you listen and never miss an episode! And don't forget to subscribe to Minnesota Crop News' daily or weekly email newsletter, subscribe to our YouTube channel, like UMN Extension Nutrient Management on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and visit our website. Support for the Nutrient Management Podcast is provided by Minnesota's fertilizer tonnage fee through the Agricultural Fertilizer Research & Education Council (AFREC). Learn more at MNsoilfertility.com

March 31 • 41m 41s
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Carbon markets

Guests: Anna Cates, Extension soil health specialist Jodi DeJong Hughes, Extension educator, Willmar Amy Robak, crop advisor, Centra Sota Co-op Additional resources: How to approach carbon market opportunities U of M Extension soil management and health Minnesota Office for Soil Health (MOSH) Ecosystem Services Market Consortium (ESMC) pilot project in central Minnesota All Acres for Our Waters project Minnesota's Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) NRCS Registry of Technical Service Providers Carbon Smart Programming - Minnesota Corn Growers

February 24 • 30m 34s
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Maximum Return To Nitrogen (MRTN) approach to corn N rate guidelines

Guests: Dan Kaiser, Extension soil fertility specialist Fabian Fernandez, Extension soil fertility specialist Jeff Vetsch, U of M SROC researcher Brad Carlson, Extension educator  Additional resources: Corn nitrogen rate calculator High nitrogen fertilizer costs: What should corn growers be thinking about? Corn fertilizer guidelines Nutrient Management Conference (Feb. 8, 2022) Nitrogen Conference (Feb. 15, 2022) Nitrogen Smart educational program Minnesota Nutrient Management Initiative

January 18 • 49m 7s
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Fertilizer prices and supply chain issues

In this episode of the Nutrient Management Podcast, we discuss fertilizer prices and supply chain issues. Extension educator Brad Carlson is joined by: Jim Carlson, Vice President of Agronomy at United Farmer's Co-op in Winthrop, Minnesota; Russ Quinn, ag market reporter for DTN/The Progressive Farmer and a farmer in eastern Nebraska; and Josh Linville, Director of Fertilizer at StoneX Financial.  Where are fertilizer prices right now and how do they compare to the recent past? Why are fertilizer prices so high right now? What are price ratios and why is this an important metric to watch? How are farmers reacting to the high prices and fertilizer availability concerns? What should growers be thinking about in terms of fertilizer purchasing decisions and nutrient management planning this fall and next spring?Thank you to Minnesota's Agricultural Fertilizer Research and Education Council (AFREC) for supporting the podcast.

November 22 • 42m 2s
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Soil management and nutrient issues

In this episode of the Nutrient Management Podcast, three U of M researchers discuss soil management and nutrient issues.How do erosion and tillage practices impact nutrients in the soil and nutrient management? After a dry spring and summer, what should growers know about soil and nutrient management heading into the fall? How can farmers better manage soils to avoid nutrient issues? Are cover crops a good idea this year?Thank you to Minnesota's Agricultural Fertilizer Research and Education Council (AFREC) for supporting the podcast.

October 1 • 32m 27s
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Sulfur

In this episode of the Nutrient Management Podcast, three U of M researchers discuss sulfur.How has atmospheric sulfur deposition changed over time and why does it matter for farmers?How did the dry conditions this year impact sulfur availability? Do dry soils mean sulfur responses will be greater? Do dry soils affect which source of sulfur growers should use? What do we know about interactions between sulfur and other nutrients? What should farmers thinking about applying sulfur for the 2022 crop keep in mind?Thank you to Minnesota's Agricultural Fertilizer Research and Education Council (AFREC) for supporting the podcast.

September 27 • 36m 55s
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Fall fertilizer outlook

In this episode of the Nutrient Management Podcast, four U of M researchers discuss fall fertilizer decisions. With rising prices, what are some ways growers can save on fertilizer costs this fall and next spring? With the dry conditions, is there anything growers need to be thinking about regarding nutrient availability or soil testing that might arise this fall if conditions stay dry? Is this a year that a soil nitrate test might be useful? Is there anything related to changes in the U of M fertilizer guidelines that growers should be aware of? Thank you to Minnesota's Agricultural Fertilizer Research and Education Council (AFREC) for supporting the podcast.

August 17 • 38m 11s
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Starter fertilizer issues

In this episode of the Nutrient Management Podcast, three U of M researchers discuss starter fertilizer issues. What makes liquid starter fertilizers risky when applying on or near the seed? Should growers adjust their liquid in-furrow application rates in dry years? Is it a good idea to mix liquid fertilizer with fungicides or insecticides?Thank you to Minnesota's Agricultural Fertilizer Research and Education Council (AFREC) for supporting the podcast.

July 12 • 26m 59s
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Irrigation

In this episode of the Nutrient Management Podcast, four U of M researchers discuss irrigation and nutrient management.What is deficit irrigation and could there be an important role for it this year if it stays dry?What's the best approach to nitrogen fertilization in irrigated corn, and what should farmers keep in mind when applying N in irrigated fields?Is there an advantage to using fertigation over traditional fertilizer applications?What should growers know about variable rate irrigation and variable rate fertigation?Thank you to Minnesota's Agricultural Fertilizer Research and Education Council (AFREC) for supporting the podcast.

June 15 • 37m 11s
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Potassium management

In this episode of the Nutrient Management Podcast, three U of M researchers discuss potassium management. What key factors impact potassium availability in soils? Currently, Minnesota suggests banding potassium is more efficient than broadcast application. What are your thoughts on the band versus broadcast debate? There have been some questions over the winter related to potash application on soybean. What are some key takeaways from your research and should farmers consider alternative forms of potassium fertilizer?Thank you to Minnesota's Agricultural Fertilizer Research and Education Council (AFREC) for supporting the podcast.

May 4 • 32m 57s
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Continuous corn nutrient management

In this episode of the Nutrient Management Podcast, four U of M researchers discuss continuous corn nutrient management. What are the most challenging aspects of continuous corn production? Which key nutrients are impacted by residue breakdown and how can continuous corn growers manage residue to limit nutrient tie-up? What has recent research told us about how to maximize yield in a continuous corn system? Are there any other practices, not specifically related to fertilizer management, that may interact with a soil fertility program that growers should be aware of for continuous corn production? Thank you to Minnesota's Agricultural Fertilizer Research and Education Council (AFREC) for supporting the podcast.

April 29 • 30m 49s
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Wheat nutrient management

In this episode of the Nutrient Management Podcast, two U of M researchers and Dave Franzen from North Dakota State University discuss wheat nutrient management. Why is nitrogen important for wheat production? What makes managing nitrogen more challenging for wheat than for corn? What was the rationale behind recent changes to the wheat nitrogen guidelines in North Dakota? What are the best management options for ensuring high wheat yields that maintain protein near 14%? Thank you to Minnesota's Agricultural Fertilizer Research and Education Council (AFREC) for supporting the podcast.

March 25 • 30m 11s
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Drainage research

In this episode of the Nutrient Management Podcast, five U of M researchers discuss drainage research. Could there be different nitrogen guidelines in the future based on drainage status? Is older research in Minnesota on drainage systems still valuable or have changes in climate and crops mean we should re-look at some of these topics? Where do conservation drainage technologies such as bioreactors fit economically in our cropping systems? Thank you to Minnesota's Agricultural Fertilizer Research and Education Council (AFREC) for supporting the podcast.

February 24 • 45m 12s
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On-farm research and nitrogen rates

In this episode of the Nutrient Management Podcast, three U of M researchers and independent agronomist Matt Wiebers discuss on-farm research and nitrogen rates. Matt walks us through his AFREC-funded on-farm research project and what he's seen the last few years with regards to nitrogen rates. University researchers weigh in with their thoughts on Matt's research and how recent university data compare. Then the group discusses where the nitrogen guidelines might be heading and the future of on-farm research. Thank you to Minnesota's Agricultural Fertilizer Research and Education Council (AFREC) for supporting the podcast.

January 27 • 45m 33s
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Nutrient interactions

In this episode of the Nutrient Management Podcast, three U of M researchers discuss nutrient interactions. What are nutrient interactions and how important are they to crops? Which nutrient interactions are of concern to crop producers? What can you do to avoid misinterpreting plant tissue analysis results due to nutrient interactions? Thank you to Minnesota's Agricultural Fertilizer Research and Education Council (AFREC) for supporting the podcast.

December 16 • 31m 38s
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Manure nitrogen guidelines

In this episode of the Nutrient Management Podcast, three U of M researchers discuss our manure nitrogen guidelines. What are the most important considerations when making a nutrient management plan for manure application? Is it possible to put a value on the nutrients in manure? How does manure fit in with the maximum return to nitrogen (MRTN) approach used in the current nitrogen fertilizer guidelines? Thank you to Minnesota's Agricultural Fertilizer Research and Education Council (AFREC) for supporting the podcast.

November 17 • 29m 8s
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Liming

In this episode of the Nutrient Management Podcast, three U of M researchers discuss liming. Which crops benefit the most from lime application? What should growers look for in a liming material? How are the university's lime recommendations developed? Thank you to Minnesota's Agricultural Fertilizer Research and Education Council (AFREC) for supporting the podcast.

October 29 • 28m 37s
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Fall fertilizer outlook

In this episode of the Nutrient Management Podcast, four U of M researchers discuss fall fertilizer management. What were summer growing conditions like across Minnesota? Is there any nutrient management research currently underway that crop producers may be interested in? What should growers consider when making fall fertilizer decisions? Thank you to Minnesota's Agricultural Fertilizer Research and Education Council (AFREC) for supporting the podcast.

September 22 • 32m 44s
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Manure update: Research, events, and fall management tips

In this episode of the Nutrient Management Podcast, two U of M researchers discuss manure management. What manure-related events and educational programming are coming up? What's the latest on the liquid swine manure sidedressing research project? How is the manure N & P credit study going? What should farmers keep in mind about manure management heading into fall? Thank you to Minnesota's Agricultural Fertilizer Research and Education Council (AFREC) for supporting the podcast.

August 2 • 18m 7s
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Growing conditions and research update

In this episode of the Nutrient Management Podcast, four U of M researchers discuss current growing conditions around the state and give us an update on their research projects. What questions have Extension researchers been getting this year from Minnesota growers and consultants about nutrient management? Is there anything growers should be aware of when making nutrient management decisions for 2021 based on this year's growing conditions? Thank you to Minnesota's Agricultural Fertilizer Research and Education Council (AFREC) for supporting the podcast.

July 20 • 30m 57s
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Alfalfa nutrient management

In this episode of the Nutrient Management Podcast, three U of M researchers discuss alfalfa nutrient management. Why is managing soil inputs important for alfalfa producers? What are some key points that growers should consider when making nutrient management decisions for alfalfa? Does timing matter with alfalfa fertilizer application? Thank you to Minnesota's Agricultural Fertilizer Research and Education Council (AFREC) for supporting the podcast.

June 15 • 26m 16s
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Nitrogen economics

In this episode of the Nutrient Management Podcast, three U of M researchers and a special guest from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture discuss nitrogen economics. How does the sale of nitrogen fertilizer in Minnesota break down by source, and what trends have we seen in nitrogen use for crops in Minnesota? Are farmers shifting towards more on-farm storage of nitrogen fertilizer, and what do farmers interested in storing and applying their own fertilizer need to be aware of? Thank you to Minnesota's Agricultural Fertilizer Research and Education Council (AFREC) for supporting the podcast.

May 26 • 26m 57s
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Biostimulants

In this episode of the Nutrient Management Podcast, three U of M researchers discuss biostimulants. What are biostimulants and what products are currently on the market? What classes of products are gaining a larger foothold in agriculture? What does research in Minnesota say about these products? Should farmers be taking a greater look at biostimulants? Thank you to Minnesota's Agricultural Fertilizer Research and Education Council (AFREC) for supporting the podcast.

April 28 • 23m 12s
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Optimal phosphorus and potassium levels in the soil

In this episode of the Nutrient Management Podcast, three U of M researchers discuss optimal phosphorus and potassium levels in the soil. What are some key takeaways that growers should know about interpreting soil tests? Environmentally, what is the threshold at which we should avoid applications to prevent significant nutrient loss? Is there really an optimal soil test level that farmers should shoot for? Thank you to Minnesota's Agricultural Fertilizer Research and Education Council (AFREC) for supporting the podcast.

April 1 • 26m 13s
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Nitrogen management

In this episode of the Nutrient Management Podcast, three U of M researchers discuss nitrogen management. Should growers consider split-applying N? Is fall urea too risky? Is ESN worth the cost? Thank you to Minnesota's Agricultural Fertilizer Research and Education Council (AFREC) for supporting the podcast.

February 11 • 29m 10s
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2020 research update

In this episode of the Nutrient Management Podcast, five U of M researchers discuss their 2019 research projects and what they'll be studying in 2020. Topics include sulfur sources, urea timing, split application of N, banding P and K, soil health tests, cover crops, irrigation management, variable rate N technologies, the pre-plant nitrate test, and more. Thank you to Minnesota's Agricultural Fertilizer Research and Education Council (AFREC) for supporting the podcast.

January 27 • 25m 55s
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Precision agriculture and nutrient management

In this episode of the Nutrient Management Podcast, we discuss precision agriculture and nutrient management. What is the current state of precision agriculture? Which areas can growers benefit the most from incorporating precision ag technologies into current farming systems? Is precision agriculture part of the answer for reducing nutrient loss to ground and surface waters? Thank you to the Minnesota Agricultural Fertilizer Research and Education Council (AFREC) for their support of this podcast.

December 3 • 26m 32s
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