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Nutrient Management Initiative Program in Minnesota

Tractor attached to a Fast rig in a corn fieldThe Minnesota Nutrient Management Initiative (NMI) was developed to assist farmers and crop advisers in evaluating alternative nutrient management practices on their own fields. Participating farmers can work with a crop adviser to set up field trials on their own farms. After completing plot harvest and submitting the required forms, farmers and crop advisers are reimbursed for their time and will receive a summary and analysis of their results.


  • Participating farmers are compensated $800 and crop advisers are compensated $400 for each field trial.
    • Due to state contracting policies, individual participant payments will come in two payments (June & December).
    • Crop adviser and farmer must enroll in NMI separately in order to receive full payment. Deadline for enrollment is March 15th.
    • Due to budget constraints, the maximum number of field trials per farmer is one. The maximum number of field trials per crop adviser is ten.
  • NMI is for corn grown for grain only.
  • Guidance Protocol for Minnesota Farmers and Crop Advisers (PDF: 559 KB/7 pages)

Results and information from these field trials will:

  1. Assist farmers and crop advisers in evaluating current nutrient management practices versus an alternative practice they would like to try on their farm.
  2. Provide an opportunity to compare different nutrient management practices and evaluate economic outcomes.
  3. Assist participants in evaluating practices which can help reduce nitrate-nitrogen losses from fields. 

Individual results will be kept strictly confidential. Statewide results will be summarized for outreach purposes only to highlight and promote existing farm practice advancements and BMP adoption in Minnesota.

Examples of field trials available in 2016

2016 Timeline

NMI brochure and other forms 


Signing up is Easy... Enrollment Deadline is March 15, 2016

The 2016 NMI program is currently full. We may have a few additional spots open, but we are unsure at this time. Please contact Ryan Lemickson (ryan.lemickson@state.mn.us) if you would like to put your name on a wait list.

We have currently reached our funding limitations for 2016. However, please contact a NMI representative below to be placed on a waiting list in the event additional funding becomes available and allows more participation.

* Please note that due to budget constraints, farmers are limited to one field trial per season.
** Please sign up as soon as you know you are interested in participating. Registration is on a first come first serve basis and we may close registration before March 15 if the program reaches capacity.


MDA Contact

Ryan Lemickson
15325 Babcock Avenue
Rosemount, MN 55068
(612) 209-9181

Spencer Herbert
422 Belgrade Ave, #110
North Mankato, MN 56002
(507) 327-0266

Aaron Janz
16 MN Ave West, Suite 101
Glenwood, MN 56334
(320) 634-4038

Southeast Minnesota
(Goodhue, Wabasha, Olmsted, Winona,
Fillmore and Houston Counties)
Dawn Bernau
3555 9th Street NW
Rochester, MN 55901
(507) 206-2881