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Home > Protecting Our Lands & Waters > Clean Water Fund > On-Farm Projects > Nutrient Management Initiative

Nutrient Management Initiative Program in Minnesota


Tractor attached to a Fast rig in a corn field2017 Registration is Open

Field Trial Examples

2017 Timeline

The Minnesota Nutrient Management Initiative (NMI) assists farmers and crop advisers in evaluating 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 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 limited program funds, the maximum number of field trials per farmer is one.
      The maximum number of field trials per crop adviser is ten.
  • Additional compensation is available for farmers and crop advisers participating in Advanced Rate Trials.
  • NMI is for corn grown for grain only (wheat is acceptable in the northwest region). Wheat growers in northwest or west central Minnesota are encouraged to participate in the Minnesota Wheat Growers on-farm research network. Contact Lauren Proulx at 218-556-3174 or lauren1@gvtel.com for more information.

Highlights

  • 269 on-farm trials established statewide since 2015
  • Great participation from crop advisers statewide, many have hosted winter meetings to discuss results with participants
  • Crop advisers used NMI to promote new management strategies and equipment that is available to boost yields and fertilizer efficiency for farmers
  • Some crop advisers hold winter meetings to discuss results with participants
  • Results from the additional advanced nitrogen rate trials will help guide current nitrogen rate recommendations and will be used in the nitrogen rate calculator
  • Advancements in technology have helped to make field trials easier to install and harvest, minimizing the time commitment

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.
  4. Highlight advanced nutrient management practices farmers and crop advisers are using to improve economic and environmental outcomes.

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


NMI Protocol & Forms


Registration

Click on the map below to indicate where your field trial will be located. Clicking on the map will begin the registration process.

 

* 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.

Minnesota map with the five nutrient management initiative regions outlined.  

MDA Contact

Ryan Lemickson
1600 Minnesota Avenue West
Glenwood, MN 56334
ryan.lemickson@state.mn.us
(612) 209-9181

Spencer Herbert
422 Belgrade Ave, #104
North Mankato, MN 56003
spencer.herbert@state.mn.us
(507) 327-0266

Southeast Minnesota
(Goodhue, Wabasha, Olmsted, Winona,
Fillmore and Houston Counties)
Dawn Bernau
3555 9th Street NW
Rochester, MN 55901
dawn.bernau@state.mn.us
(507) 206-2881

 

Northwest Region Northeast/Central Region Southwest Region South Central Region Southeast Region