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AFREC Research Projects: 2008-2016


2016 Research Projects

  • Nitrogen Response and Soil Microbial Activity in Potato Cropping Systems as Affected by Fumigation
  • Optimum Nitrogen Management for Processing Sweet Corn in Fine-textured Soils
  • Evaluation of Sulfur Guidelines for Major Crops in Minnesota
  • On Farm Evaluation of Boron Response in Corn
  • Optimal Utilization of Phosphorus, Potassium, Sulfur Fertilization in Corn- Soybean Rotation
  • The Nature of Phosphorus Behavior in Soils
  • Effects of Nitrogen Application Demining on Corn Production and Soil Quality
  • Potassium Fertilization of Corn and Soybean
  • Minnesota Long-Term Phosphorus Trial: Phase II: Testing Yield Response and Potential
  • Advancing Intensive Management of Continuous Corn on Irrigated Sands
  • Advancing Intensive Management of Corn Systems in Minnesota
  • Evaluating the Haney Test as a Tool in Soil Fertility Management in Minnesota
  • Outreach to Next Generation of Agriculturalists
  • Connecting Minnesota Farmers to Minnesota’s Ag Fertilizer Research and Education Council (AFREC) Soil Fertility Research
  • Nitrate in Tile-Drain Water Relative to Time and Source of Nitrogen Application
  • Urea and Urea Additives as Fertilizer Sources for Corn Production in Minnesota
  • AFREC Coordinator

2015 Research Projects

  • Advancing Intensive Management of Corn Systems in Minnesota
  • Connecting Minnesota Farmers to AFREC Soil Fertility Research 
  • Controls Over Fundamental Soil N Cycling Processes in Minnesota Cropping Systems: Nitrification, Nitrosation and Mineralization 
  • Effects of Nitrogen Application Timing on Corn Production and Soil Quality
  • Efficient Nitrogen Fertilization for Cultivated Wild Rice Varieties, Phase 3 
  • Further Development of Web and Print (U of M) Extension Materials for Nutrient Management in Minnesota 
  • Minnesota Long-Term Phosphorus Management Trials "Phase II: Testing Yield Response and Potential"
  • Nitrate in Tile-Drain Water Relative to Time and Source of Nitrogen Application 
  • Optimal Utilization of Phosphorus, Potassium and Sulfur Fertilization in Corn-Soybean Rotation
  • Optimizing Nitrogen Management for Processing Sweet Corn Production on Fine-Textured Soils: Year Two Continuation
  • Optimizing Use of Polymer Coated Urea for Irrigated Potato Production and Effects on Nitrate Leaching
  • Perennial Ryegrass Growth, Development and Seed Yield
  • Efficient Nitrogen Fertilization for Cultivated Wild Rice Varieties

2014 Research Projects

  • Advancing Intensive Management of Corn Systems in Minnesota
  • Minnesota Long-Term Phosphorus Management Trials "Phase 1: The Build Period"
  • Advancing Intensive Management of Continuous Corn on Irrigated Sands
  • Optimal Utilization of Phosphorus, Potassium and Sulfur Fertilization in Corn-Soybean Rotation
  • Efficient Nitrogen Fertilization for Cultivated Wild Rice Varieties
  • Further Development of Web and Print Extension Materials for Nutrient Management in Minnesota
  • Rate and Timing of P and K Fertilization in Corn-Soybean Rotation in Minnesota
  • Evaluation of Variable Rate Nitrogen Technologies for Corn in Minnesota
  • Nitrate in Tile-Drain Water Relative to Time and Source of Nitrogen Application
  • Effects of Nitrogen Application Timing on Corn Production and Soil Quality
  • Evaluation of Critical Phosphorus and Potassium Levels in Minnesota Soils
  • Phosphorus Availability and Its Relationship to Sorption Maximum and Sorption Strength
  • Control Over Fundamental Soil N Cycling Process in Minnesota Cropping Systems: Nitrification, Nitrostatin
  • Connecting Minnesota Farmers to to AFREC Soil Fertility Research
  • Evaluation of the Solvita Test to Estimate Mineralizable Nitrogen in Minnesota Soils
  • Optimizing Nitrogen Management for Processing Sweet Corn Production on Fine-Textured Soils
  • A New Biomass Alfalfa-Corn Rotation for Energy Production and Soil Protection
  • Perennial Rye grass Growth, Development and Seed Yield Influenced by Phosphorus Source/Rate

2013 Research Projects

  • Improving Predictability and Adoption of Alfalfa N Credits for Corn Part II
  • Enhanced Efficiency Nitrogen as Nitrogen Source for Sugar Beet Production
  • Potassium Fertilization Requirements for Intensively Managed Alfalfa Varieties
  • Evaluation of Critical Phosphorus and Potassium Levels in Minnesota Soils
  • Enhancing Continuous Corn Production in Conservation Tillage with Starter Fluid Fertilizer Combinations and Placements
  • Optimizing Use of Polymer-Coated Urea for Irrigated Potato Production and Effects on Nitrate Leaching
  • Optimal Utilization of Phosphorus, Potassium, and Sulfur Fertilization in Corn-Soybean Rotation
  • Effects of nitrogen Application Timing on Corn Production and Soil Quality
  • Nutrient Uptake of Four Spring Wheat Varieties Grown under Varying Nitrogen Stress
  • Advancing Intensive Management of Corn Systems in Minnesota
  • Evaluation of the Solvita Test to Estimate Mineralizable Nitrogen in Minnesota Soils
  • Phosphorus Availability and its Relationship to Sorption Maximum and Sorption Strength
  • On-Farm Research Coordinator
  • A New Biomass Alfalfa-Corn Rotation for Energy Production and Soil Protection
  • Efficient Nitrogen Fertilization for Cultivated Wild Rice Varieties
  • Development Web Nutrient Calculator and Mobile App for Corn; Revision of 2006 Fertilizing Corn Bulletin
  • Development and Test of Potassium Management Algorithms for Corn
  • Rate and Timing of P and K Fertilization in Corn-Soybean Rotation in Minnesota

2012 Research Projects

  • Nitrogen Uptake, Distribution and Utilization in Hard Red Spring Wheat Varieties
  • Minnesota Long Term Phosphorus Management Trials: Phase 1, the Build Period
  • Wheat Yield and Quality as Influence by Coated Nitrogen (ESN) Timing, Rates and Mixtures with Urea
  • Evaluation of Sulfur Mineralization and Availability in Soil and Manure and Sulfur Content in Plants
  • Improving Predictability and Adoption of Alfalfa N Credits for Corn
  • Potassium Fertilization Requirements for Intensively Managed Alfalfa Varieties
  • Evaluation of Critical Phosphorus and Potassium Levels in Minnesota Soils
  • Nutrient Uptake of Four Spring Wheat Varieties Grown under Varying Nitrogen Stress
  • Evaluation of Fertilizer Placement and Timing in Continuous Corn in Three Long Term Tillage Systems
  • Long Term Soil Test Monitoring in Minnesota Cropping Systems
  • Evaluation of In-Furrow Starter Fertilizer Sources for Corn
  • Plant Analysis as Management Tool for Corn and Soybean
  • Enhanced Efficiency Nitrogen as Nitrogen Source for Sugar Beet Production  
  • Targeting the Right Audiences with Fertilizer Education: Knowing Who is Influencing Decision Makers 
  • Improvement and Development of Nutrient Management Outreach Materials
  • AFREC Fertilizer Research Coordination by MCPR

2011 Research Projects

  • Development, Updating, and Publishing of Nutrient Management Bulletins
  • Optimal Utilization of Phosphorus, Potassium, and Sulfur Fertilization on Corn-Soybean Rotations
  • Evaluation of Critical Potassium Levels in Minnesota Soils
  • Rate and Timing of Phosphorus and Potassium Fertilization in Corn-Soybean Rotations in Minnesota
  • Nutrient Uptake of Four Spring Wheat Varieties Grown Under Varying Nitrogen Stress
  • Potassium Fertilization Requirements for Intensively Managed Modern Alfalfa
  • Wheat Yield, Quality, and Plant Health Parameters for Started Applications of MicroEssentials in Northwest Minnesota
  • Effect of Bioenergy Crop Residue Removal on Secondary and Micronutrients in Minnesota Soils

2010 Research Projects

Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium Production Research

  • Enhancing Continuous Corn Production in Conservation Tillage with Starter Fluid Fertilizer Combinations and Placement
  • On-farm Assessment of Critical Soil Test Phosphorus Values in Minnesota
  • Minnesota Long-term Phosphorus Management Trials: Phase 1-The Build Period
  • Nitrogen Uptake, Distribution in Hard Red Spring Wheat

Sulfur and Micronutrient Production Research

  • Zinc and Sulfur Fertilization for High Yield Corn Production
  • Effect of Bioenergy Crop Residue Removal on Secondary and Micronutrients

Ag Fertilizer Related Educational Programs

  • Development of a Website for Nutrient Management Education Materials  

2008 Research Projects

Projects were funded by a one-time appropriation of $600,000

  • Advancing Improved Management of Nitrogen in Minnesota with Best Management Practices (BMPs) Publications
  • Zinc and Sulfur Fertilization for High Yielding Corn Production    
  • Minimizing Nitrate Loss to Drainage by Optimizing Nitrogen Rate and Timing for a Corn-Corn- Soybean Rotation 
  • Impact of Phosphorous Fertilization Strategies on Efficiency of Nitrogen Use by Corn Rotated with Soybean 
  • Efficient Management of Nitrogen Fertilizer for Wheat Grown in Minnesota 
  • Fertilizer Requirements for Native Perennial Plants Harvested for Biomass 
  • Drainage Control to Promote High Crop Yields and Diminish Nutrient Losses from Agricultural Fields in Minnesota 
  • Tillage and Sulfur Management for Corn in Fine Textured Soils 
  • Validating Topdressed Potassium Fertilizer recommendations in an Alfalfa-Corn Rotation

MDA Contacts

Russ Derickson
Russell.Derickson@state.mn.us
507-752-7036

Bruce Montgomery
651-201-6178
Bruce.Montgomery@state.mn.us