Improving yields through fertility


Soil fertility is crucial to maximize yield potential when growing crops. Economic and environmental considerations are also a key aspect to fertility management. With the knowledge to do so, farmers can set up fields to maximize profits while minimizing environmental impact.

It all starts with taking a good soil sample and understanding how to use that information in making nutrient application decisions. To better prepare farmers to make these decisions, OSU Extension is offering an Improving Yields through Fertility Agronomy Day. Topics discussed will be: Managing Fertilizer and Lime Input Costs and Water Quality, Soil Sampling, Using Field Buffers in Marginal Areas, Develop a Nutrient Management Plan, and On‐farm research results.

Guest speakers include Dr. Steve Culman, OSU Extension State Fertility Specialist; Greg Labarge and Harold Watters, OSU Extension Agronomic Crops Field Specialists and Ron Nieman, NRCS District Conservationist.

Participants are asked to bring a soil test result so we can help you develop a nutrient plan for a field. If you do not have a soil test results, you can use a sample test to work through the methods to learn how to apply the information to future soil tests.

Attendees who need their Fertilizer Applicator Certification will be able to receive it at the end of the day. If you have a Pesticide Applicator License, please bring your license with you to complete the form. Those without a license can also get the certification. Certified Crop Advisers can receive 3.5 nutrient management CEUs and 1 soil and water CEU.

The agronomy day will be held on Jan. 19, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Champaign County Community Center auditorium, 1512 S. U.S. Route 68, Urbana. The cost is $20 per person and includes materials and lunch. For a registration flyer, please visit For questions call 937-484-1526 or email [email protected].

By Amanda Douridas

OSU Extension

Champaign County

Educator, Agriculture & Natural Resources

Submitted by OSU Extension, Champaign County.

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