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Wisconsin: 2015 Soil, Water, & Nutrient Management Meetings scheduled

The Department of Soil Science, in conjunction with University of Wisconsin-Cooperative Extension will host eight Soil, Water, & Nutrient Management Meetings around the state, starting December 1 through December 10. The purpose of these meetings is to provide research updates in the field of soil fertility, nutrient management, soil and water conservation, and water quality. Read more

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Minnesota NRCS Announces Early EQIP Signup for FY 2016 Funding

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 November 20, 2015, for funding in 2016. Read more

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Spring Tillage Transect Results Released: Indiana Farmers Plowing Less and Saving Top Soil

INDIANAPOLIS, IN, October , 2015 – The 2015 Spring Tillage and Cover Crop Transect shows that Hoosier farmers continue the trend of plowing less and using sound conservation practices that preserve and build valuable topsoil. Each spring the members of Indiana’s Conservation Partnership (ICP) load up their vehicles to conduct a field survey of tillage methods, plant cover, and crop residue in their county. A tillage transect is an on-the-ground survey that identifies the types of tillage systems farmers are…

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Soil Health Conference: Strategies for Building Healthy Soils

This conference is a collaborative effort between Iowa State University Extension and the USDA, Natural Resource Conservation Service. The goal of this conference is to increase awareness and understanding of soil health as pivotal to sustainable agriculture and environmental quality in Iowa and the Midwest. Healthy soils create healthy landscapes, which support healthy communities. Understanding soil health is essential for enhancing food security, providing resiliency to climate variability, protecting environmental quality, and preventing soil degradation for soil security. Read more

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Revising fertilizer recommendations for corn, soybean and wheat

Ohio State is in the process of updating the Tri-State Recommendations, looking specifically at N, P and K in corn, soybean and wheat. This is a major undertaking that will require a collective effort from numerous extension personnel, crop consultants and farmer cooperators. We will cast a broad net to collect data from a large number of farms across the state to determine economically-optimum fertilization rates. Read more

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Public-Private Partners Reaching out to Saginaw Bay-Area Farmers

EAST LANSING, Sept. 30, 2015— A broad partnership, including The Nature Conservancy, the Michigan AgriBusiness Association and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, wants to help farmers in the Saginaw Bay watershed improve water quality. The Saginaw Bay Regional Conservation Partnership Program will make over $7.6 million in USDA financial assistance available to help farmers adapt new conservation practices. Private sector crop consultants and other partners will assist the effort by informing farmers about the resources available through the program. Farmers…

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