What we are doing
We work with ag retailers to improve management of our key soil, nutrient and crop-protection resources by keeping them on our cropland and out of our streams, rivers and lakes.
Why we are doing it
Ag retailers are key players in addressing nutrient runoff by ensuring their customers’ dollars stay on the field for crop nutrition, rather than running off into nearby waterways.
Our webinars present the latest nutrient management research and economic returns for ag retailer products and services that improve water quality.Watch Here
Ag retailer tools and resources
Learn more about the benefits of products and services your facility offers by downloading our free materials and accessing PARM’s interactive tools.Read More
July 18th, 2018 1:15 PM
Caitlin Leahy, PARM project manager, discusses the 2018 Ag Retailer Products and Services Survey Report including important trends in adoption rates of practices including variable rate technology, cover crops, sidedress along with profitability outcomes. Listen in to learn more!
July 9th, 2019 1:02 PM
Don’t forget to register for PARM’s webinar “Re-Carbonizing Row Crop Farms” airing July 16th at 10 AM CT! Justin Mount, fifth-generation farmer and USDA Midwest Climate Hub natural resource specialist, will discuss observed and predicted rainfall variations across the country, define the functions of healthy soils, explain what the Soil Condition Index is and why it is a foundational soil resource metric for farmers. Mount will also explain how cropping systems can be modeled using the Integrated Erosion Tool and actions farmers can avoid or implement to increase financial resiliency. Register here!
June 18, 2019 1:30 PM
According to UW Discovery Farms, from 2016-2018 the number of days from spring thaw to 75% corn planting progress doubled from the ten years prior due to cold temps, increased precipitation, etc. Since 2019 is following the trend, UW Extension has developed a resource page for dealing with extreme weather: fyi.extension.wisc.edu/grain/extreme-weather.
Discovery Farms’ NUE project has also shown that corn grain production is transitioning away from N management systems that apply all N at the beginning of the season towards in-season applications based on weather variability and other factors. HOWEVER, from the Farms’ data set, fields that split applied nitrogen, on average, had higher fertilizer N rates than fields that applied all N at planting or in-season. As N rates increase, yield must also increase proportionately in order to maintain an average NUE! READ the full article here!
June 17, 2019 12:45 PM
Based on extensive prevented plant acreage in the Midwest, the Michael Fields Ag Institute recommends planting warm-season species such as sorghum-sudan which provides rapid soil cover (in 2018 farm trials, a mix of 1/3 sorghum-sudan produced 84% of ground cover in 30 days), greatest dry matter yields, weed suppression and replaces carbon ordinarily provided by corn stover. In addition, the species maximizes nitrogen retention where fertilizer N is applied and is drought tolerant.
Read the full article here.
Also, check out the NRCS bulletin “Cover Crops to Improve Soil in Prevented Planting Fields” here: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/…/FSE_DOCUMEN…/stelprdb1142714.pdf.