Tom Bruulsema from the International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI) states implementing the 4R principles is a great start, but there’s a lot more to the 4R’s than just right source, place, time, and rate. To Tom, stewardship goes beyond nutrient application, “In the end, many of the principles we apply to 4R will also need to be applied to additional practices, including those for crops, soils, and pests, extending to cover crops, tillage practices, and stream bank management. To become more sustainable, the whole cropping system needs adaptive management.” IPNI has developed the 4R Plant Nutrition Manual which delves more holistically into the 4R principles. Read the full article here!
Edge of field monitoring (EOFM) is one of the keys to assisting producers and ag retailers in mitigating nutrient runoff, and analyzing the effects of various conservation practices. Mike Daniels, professor of Extension Water Quality at the University of Arkansas, states, “[By] measuring nutrient content in the runoff from a specific portion of his or her farm, a grower can determine whether changes in fertilizer placement, application timing and tillage systems are successful in reducing nutrient runoff.” EOFM offers real-time information so that producers and ag retailers can manage fields with greater precision from more accurate data. Read the full article, or review a recent study on EOFM published in the Journal of Soil and Water Conservation here!
Mark your calendars for the Wisconsin Cover Crop Conference February 27th in Stevens Point! The conference will cater to farmers interested in integrating cover crops into their livestock and grain cropping systems. Speaker Barry Fisher, retired from 32 years with the NRCS and current CCA, has worked with many producers to transition from conventional farming systems to conservation management practices such as no-till and cover crops. Read more about the event here!
American Farmland Trust is partnering with Cornell Cooperative Extension to offer women non-operator landowners the opportunity to engage in “learning circles” where women, “…share stories and relate their experiences partnering with farmers in ways that are mutually beneficial. This may include longer-term lease arrangements that give farmers more security, and implementing conservation practices that improve the health of the soil and protect water quality.” The next learning circle is this Thursday, January 25th, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Mt. Morris, New York. The topic will be ‘Conservation Values – Your Land is Your Legacy.’ Read the details here!