Iowa hosting a big soil fertility conference this week

Iowa hosting a big soil fertility conference this week

The 45th annual North Central Extension-Industry Soil Fertility Conference is being held Nov. 4 & 5 in Des Moines.

Agronomists and researchers involved in soil fertility and crop nutrient work will be in Iowa this week, gathering for their annual meeting. They will make presentations and hold discussions on current soil fertility issues. They'll report on and explore the research being conducted on these topics at universities across the north-central region of the United States.

INCREASED INTEREST: There's a lot of discussion about how to keep nutrients in fields and out of water supplies. There's also interest by farmers in soil sampling and testing to see where they can save money by reducing fertilizer application on fields.

The 45th Annual North Central Extension-Industry Soil Fertility Conference will be on November 4-5, 2015, at the Holiday Inn Airport in Des Moines. The conference will include invited presentations from university and industry leaders, research reports from university soil fertility researchers, and posters outlining research by graduate students at universities across the North Central region (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Ontario, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, and Wisconsin).

More information about this conference is available online
The conference has been approved for 5.5 Nutrient Management CCA credits and 1.5 Soil and Water CCA credits. Early registration ended October 25.

For general information for the program, for registration, and for hotel information.

For questions about the conference or registration, contact Phyllis Pates at [email protected] or 605-692-6280.

Farmers should use soil sample/test results to reduce costs
In related news about soil fertility, ISU Extension issued a news release last week from its agronomy department, urging farmers to take soil samples and have the soil tested this fall in an effort to know where to apply less fertilizer on fields that don't need a full dose. And the oil way you can tell that is with a soil test for P, K and Lime.

With unfavorable crop fertilizer prices, farmers are considering reducing fertilization rates across all crops despite field conditions. "However, making rational or sound management decisions should begin by testing your soil, and following the recommended fertilizer application rates if your soil needs additional nutrients," says ISU soil fertility agronomist Antonio Mallarino. Read more about his recommendations.

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In other news from Iowa State University last week, the following announcements were made. You can click on the links for find out more information.

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Program Creates Healthier Outcomes for Families with Pre-teens
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Registration Open for Midwest Dairy Day
Registration is open for the Midwest Dairy Day scheduled for Dec. 4, 2015. The workshop, Genomics 101: Putting Genomics to Work, will be held at Iowa's Dairy Center located at 1527 Highway 150 S, Calmar, 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

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