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On-Farm Field Days Will Address Nutrient Management for Alfalfa-Corn Rotations

By Jeff Coulter, Extension Corn Agronomist


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Current and recently completed on-farm research by University of Minnesota Extension and the USDA-Agricultural Research Service is investigating nutrient and crop management practices within alfalfa-corn rotations for their potential to enhance yield, profitability, and sustainability. This research, funded by the Minnesota Corn Growers Association, the Minnesota Agricultural Fertilizer Research and Education Council, the North Central Sustainable Agriculture, Research, and Education Program, and the Southern Minnesota Nutrient Efficiency Coalition, is focused on potassium management, nitrogen cycling, manure management, alfalfa stand termination options, and tillage systems for alfalfa-corn rotations.


This year there are 26 on-farm research trials across southern and central Minnesota addressing these issues. Results from this research and related projects will be presented at three upcoming on-farm field days near Albany, Owatonna, and Red Wing, MN. Field days will include a plot tour and multiple presentations on nutrient and agronomic management for alfalfa-corn rotations by researchers from University of Minnesota Extension, the USDA, and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. There will also be a farmer panel at each field day, where progressive farmers will share their experiences with fertilizer, manure, and crop management in alfalfa-corn rotations.


Refreshments and informational packets will be available. Registration and refreshments will begin at 9:45 a.m., with the program and plot tour from 10:00 a.m. to noon. These field days are free and open to the public.


Field day schedules are listed below. 


Owatonna, MN: Monday, July 18, 2011: 9:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 

Red Wing, MN: Friday, July 22, 2011: 9:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 

Albany, MN: Monday, July 25, 2011: 9:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.


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