Minnesota NRCS Announces Early EQIP Signup for FY 2017 Funding

SAINT PAUL, MINN, May 10, 2016 – Agricultural producers looking to solve natural resource problems on their farms will want to plan ahead and sign-up early for United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) funding. Cathee Pullman, USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist in Minnesota, announced that farmers interested in the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) need to apply by August 19, 2016, for funding in 2017. Read more

Free Webinar: “Managing Cover Crops for Water Quality and Cash Crop Success”

Cover crops are not a one size fits all or fixes all, but they can accomplish many goals if successfully managed. There are many species, mixes and characteristics to be considered when making your selections.  Learn what different varieties of cover crops can do to help achieve your clients’ goals and how to manage those choices.

Hear from Dr. Dean Baas, Senior Research Associate in Michigan State University (MSU) Extension, on considerations in achieving your desired outcomes and how to manage those variety selections.  Dean will also demonstrate some of the available online cover crop decision making.

About the Presenter: Dean Baas is a Senior Research Associate at Michigan State University (MSU) Extension.  Dean is involved in cover crop and organic agriculture research and education. He is a member of the Midwest Cover Crops Council Executive Committee (MCCC) and coordinates MCCC activities including the promotion of cover crop usage in the Midwest and the development of tools to assist farmers in cover crop decision-making.

Dean has a Ph.D. in Environmental Geosciences and Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering and a B.S. in Agricultural Engineering from MSU.  Prior to returning to MSU for graduate study, he had a 20-year career with the Kellogg Company.

Join us on Tuesday, June 14th at 10am EST, 9amCT.  CCA-CEUs have been applied for


Michigan certified fertilizer applicator program

The Michigan Agri-Business Association has launched the Certified Fertilizer Application program, a voluntary certification program aimed at ensuring environmental stewardship within the custom nutrient application industry by optimizing nutrient applications, minimizing environmental risks, and leveraging new technologies for custom fertilizer applicators.  Read more

How much fertilizer do my crops need?

Profitable crop production — including the efficient use of fertilizer and other best management practices — and environmental protection should go hand in hand. Soil and plant fertility accounts for about one-third or more of total crop yield. On many high yielding or highly managed fields, increased production from fertilizer could be as high as 60 percent. Read more