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

Carbonomics: Opening a Carbon Currency Exchange Within a Cover Crop Ecosystem

May 1, 2020 9:38 am Likening a healthy, robust industrial economy to the types of biological activities taking place underground in a no-till, cover-cropped farming system isn’t a stretch of the imagination, says Keith Berns. “Just as we understand farm economics, we need to better understand our soil economy — and not just in dollars and cents on how much grain we’re hauling to town,” he says. Read more.

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Early season weed control in corn

May 1, 2020 9:30 am Given the difficult 2019 season and resulting weed seed production, weed populations could potentially be higher in 2020 compared to previous years. When considering weed control programs, keep in mind both the short range goal of controlling weeds so they are not yield limiting, and also the long range goal of weed seedbank depletion. Good control following seasons in which weed escapes were high will both preserve short term yield and have long lasting effects…

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What happens on the surface impacts soil below

April 28, 2020 8:43 am Interested in learning how tillage and crop management impact soil? Step down into some 4-foot-deep pits scattered around a field, poke at the walls with your jackknife and observe the differences in soil color, structure and texture. That’s what dozens of participants did last fall when the University of Minnesota Extension, along with various partners, hosted two days of hands-on learning in a farm field near Granite Falls. Read more.

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Soil health helps ease burden of wet growing season

April 28, 2020 8:40 am For more than 20 years, Brian Pfarr has worked with farmers to implement sustainable practices and improve soil health. It was at a training session where he was presenting advice on growing cover crops that a farmer in attendance asked if he practiced what he preached. He had already made efforts to reduce tillage on his Redwood County, Minnesota farm. But the question spurred him to experiment with cover crops, and he’s been doing it…

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Agriculture’s greenhouse-gas emissions sink

April 27, 2020 8:54 am U.S. farmers and ranchers have long been at the forefront of climate-smart farming, utilizing scientific solutions, technology and innovations to raise crops or care for livestock. Those efforts are designed to protect soil and water, efficiently manage manure, produce clean and renewable energy, capture carbon and improve sustainability. Read more.

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Interactive tool: Explore an on-farm corn research plot studying nitrogen economics in Minnesota

April 24, 2020 9:14 am With this interactive tool, Extension educator Greg Klinger takes you on a virtual journey through one of the nitrogen management studies he worked on with U of M soil scientist Jeff Vetsch in 2019. Like others conducted across the state every year, this on-farm trial near Elgin, Minnesota explored which nitrogen rate and timing are most economical for Minnesota corn growers. Read more.

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