Mark Adelsperger

TFI 4R Summit Encouraged Fertilizer Use Stewardship

The message to farmers, crop consultants, and other ag industry stakeholders during The Fertilizer Institute’s (TFI) 4R Summit in Indianapolis last week is that successful nutrient management requires a systems approach based on the 4R principles. The annual event provided an opportunity for participants to learn more about implementing effective stewardship practices across North America’s growing regions. Read more

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Demonstration Farm Field Day Success: Tips on Cover Crops, Drought Proofing, and More

Madison, Wis. – June 16, 2016 – The Lower Fox River Watershed, just south of Green Bay, is home to a network of farms that demonstrate the best, leading-edge conservation practices to reduce phosphorus entering Green Bay and Lake Michigan to improve Great Lakes water quality. The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Great Lakes Commission      (GLC) partnered to establish a Great Lakes Demonstration Farm Network. Other key partners include the Brown County Land & Water Conservation Department     …

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Lake Erie Harmful Algal Bloom Early Season Projection report – May 17, 2016

2016 Early Season Projections for Harmful Algal Bloom severity in Western Lake Erie beginning in mid-May. Posted on May 23, 2016 by Shelby Burlew, Michigan State University Extension Over the past decade, Lake Erie has seen an increase of harmful algal blooms (HABs). These algal blooms are made up of cyanobacteria or what are also known as blue-green algae. These blooms are capable of producing toxins that pose a risk to human and animal health, impair coastlines and negatively impact…

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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

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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…

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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

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