U of M Extension hosting grid sampling workshop on Jan. 15

Grid soil sampling is rapidly becoming a widely accepted practice for use with precision placement of commercial fertilizers. What about the concept of using this technology for use in distributing manure?
The University of Minnesota Extension in Carver and Sibley Counties are hosting a workshop on Tuesday, Jan. 15 at the Hillcrest Café in Norwood Young America on using grid sampling for distributing manure (info: z.umn.edu/gridnya).
With escalating prices of commercial fertilizer the opportunity of capitalizing on manure for its nutrient value is being recognized. Utilizing this valuable asset with the information grid soil sampling provides allows us to maximize the economic value of the manure. Focusing manure applications in field areas where phosphorus and potassium are needed, and shifting excess manure to other fields, improves the value of manure as a fertilizer replacement and reduces nutrients in runoff.
Manure presents challenges with varying analysis, nutrient availability, and credits based on livestock species and method of application. Learn how to manage these variables, and with grid soil sampling, enhance the value of manure on your farm. Farmers are welcome, but not required, to bring their own grid soil and manure analysis along to the workshop.
Following lunch at noon, local updates will be provided by Brady Swanson, Watershed Coordinator for Sibley County and by Lori Brinkman, Feedlot Assistant Coordinator for Carver County. Swanson will discuss the effects of manure inputs into freshwater, and Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) projects for the High Island Creek and Rush River watersheds. Brinkman will introduce a proposed manure land application compliance program geared toward surface manure applications in Carver County.
Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and the workshop begins at 10 a.m. There is no admission fee for this workshop and a noon meal will be provided. Pre-registration is requested to assist with meal counts, but not required. For registration or more information, call (507) 237-4100 or email [email protected]