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Agriculture Community Encouraged to Commit to 4R Certification Program to improve Lake Erie Water Quality

COLUMBUS, Ohio (April 14, 2014) – Agricultural retailers and nutrient service providers in the Western Lake Erie Basin are encouraged to join a comprehensive, long-term effort to improve Lake Erie’s water quality by registering for the newly-launched 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program. Those committing by April 18 will receive a discounted rate at half the cost of the program. Despite the many actions farmers have taken in recent years to improve soil health and reduce fertilizer runoff, nutrients leaving fields…

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Wallet Cards for Best Management Practices for Phosphorus Fertilizer Applications

The Partnership for Ag Resource Management has developed an Agronomist Wallet Card with best management practices to reduce the movement of phosphorus fertilizers.  These cards are available to ag retailers, government agencies, and any other entity or group that would like to encourage the use of best management practices for phosphorus fertilizer applications.  These recommendations adhere to the 4R Nutrient Management Standards of Practice. For more information about ordering these cards please contact: Mark Adelsperger

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Purdue researchers launch two new farm decision tools

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – A group of Purdue University researchers has led the Useful to Usable climate initiative in launching two free online tools to help farmers make crop decisions in variable weather conditions. Useful to Usable, or U2U, aims to improve profitability and longevity of U.S. farms amid a variable and changing climate. The project, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, is composed of a team of 50 faculty, staff and students…

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4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification program launched

More than 250 agricultural retailers and stakeholders from the Ohio, Indiana and Michigan agriculture communities attended the launch of the 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification program last week in Perrysburg. The Ohio AgriBusiness Association is administering the program on behalf of the Nutrient Stewardship Council. The voluntary program is geared toward the long-term improvement of Lake Erie’s water quality by applying the 4R principles. The 4R approach – using the Right Nutrient Source at the Right Rate and Right Time in…

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Research reveals true value of cover crops to farmers, environment

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Planting cover crops in rotation between cash crops — widely agreed to be ecologically beneficial — is even more valuable than previously thought, according to a team of agronomists, entomologists, agroecologists, horticulturists and biogeochemists from Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences. “As society places increasing demands on agricultural land beyond food production to include ecosystem services, we needed a new way to evaluate ‘success’ in agriculture,” said Jason Kaye, professor of biogeochemistry. “This research presents a…

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Improve Water Quality by Using Cover Crops and Other Conservation Practices

Join us for a webcast on using cover crops and other conservation systems to improve water quality in agricultural landscapes. Cover crops are plants used to protect and improve the soil on farm fields, especially at times when cash crops such as corn, wheat and soybeans are not being grown. Cover crops can reduce nutrient losses to watersheds by scavenging nitrates that would otherwise be lost to leaching. In addition, cover crops reduce sediment and phosphorus losses to nearby waterways…

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