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.

Webinars

Our webinars present the latest nutrient management research and economic returns for ag retailer products and services that improve water quality.

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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.

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Latest News

Planting cover crops can produce higher bean yields

November 15, 2021, 09:30 AM “We did see significant differences across the cover crop treatments with our highest yield being a three-year average of 63 bushels per acre,” said Trent Roberts, associate professor and soil fertility Extension specialist with the University of Arkansas. “That followed our blend 2 which, essentially, is a 50-50 split of Austrian winter peas and black-seeded oats.” read more…

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Updated edition of cover crop field guide

November 10, 2021 10:00 AM The popular Midwest Cover Crops Field Guide has been revised and will be available in early December. Updates to the guide include recommendations for cover crop termination in unfavorably wet springs and planting green into cover crops. The cover crop species section of the guide has also been expanded to include white clover, forage brassicas, balansa clover, and several cover crops that are commonly used in a mix. A webinar will be held on December…

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Consider economics of fertilizer use

November 9, 2021 7:00 PM With the recent increase in fertilizer prices, it is more important than ever to use the right amount of fertilizer to maximize the economic returns. Applying too little or too much fertilizer can result in substantial economic loss. Read more

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As-needed pesticide use brings wild bees, increases watermelon yield without reducing corn profits

November 8, 2021 09:30 AM Many farmers rent bee hives to pollinate crops, but they could tap into the free labor of wild bees by adopting an as-needed approach to pesticides, a new proof-of-concept study shows. A multiyear study of commercial-scale fields in the Midwest found this approach led to a 95% reduction in pesticide applications, while maintaining or increasing crop yield for corn and watermelon. The findings are detailed in a paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of…

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Row Crop Recipe: Practices to Help Agriculture Reduce Nitrogen Loss, Cut Carbon Footprint

10-7-2021 11:30 AM The right time, placement and rate of nitrogen applications are important, and Rice is also digging deeper to learn how to manage the introduction of nitrogen into the soil in order to reduce losses. “What we found is that by using nitrogen inhibitors, and putting it on when the corn really needs it, which is about a foot high or V6 state, then we get a 50% reduction in nitrogen losses,” Rice says. read more

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