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February 19, 2016

2016 Irrigation & Nutrient Management Workshop Summary

“The Variability in Your Field: The Challenge and Opportunity”

The 2016 Irrigation & Nutrient Management Workshop had record attendance this year. 109 people attended the meeting including producers, agronomist, agency staff, and other agricultural industry representatives. On behalf of the agency staff we would like to thank everyone for coming and making this year such a successful event.

We heard presentations from four speakers that day which where Joshua Stamper, David Muth, Anne Struffert, and Luke Stuewe. Joshua Stamper works as the University of Minnesota Extension Irrigation Specialist and he talked about soil moisture monitoring tools. David Muth is the Senior Vice President of Analytics at AgSolver, Inc. David presented on how to increase profitability on a per-acre basis. Anne Struffert is an Extension Educator on Nutrient Management for the University of Minnesota. She provided research information on nitrogen management on sandy soils. The last presenter for the day was Luke Stuewe from the Minnesota Department of Ag. Luke updated the audience on the township groundwater nitrate testing and development of the Nitrogen Fertilizer Management Plan.

Along with the presentations we had several booths at the workshop promoting advancements in modern agriculture.

Clinic2  Clinic1

New this year was the ability of the audience to participate in active surveys between presentations. This was available by integrating clicker questions to get the producer thinking about the upcoming topic and providing each audience member with a clicker to respond.

We would like to thank everyone again who attended the event and feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

The irrigation scheduling programs in East Otter Tail, Wadena, Hubbard, and Todd counties were recently featured in a story published by Minnesota Public Radio News.  Click here to read the entire article.

 farmer irrigation talk

Evapotranspiration (ET) data is a crucial piece of information that irrigators need to efficiently manage the water they apply. Weather station information is required to precisely estimate the ET that occurs. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has partnered with the East Otter Tail Soil and Water Conservation District (EOT SWCD) to install additional weather stations (pictured below) in this area to provide this critical ET information in an area with especially vulnerable groundwater.  Learn more about Evapotranspiration...

For more information, visit MDA's Irrigation & Adaptive Nitrogen Management Program page.


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