Clean Water Funds are being used to support an Extension position that was phased out at the University of Minnesota several years before the Clean Water Land and Legacy Amendment was passed. Funding supports an Irrigation Specialist to develop guidance and provide education on irrigation and nitrogen Best Management Practices (BMPs). This position provides direct support to irrigators on issues of irrigation scheduling and soil water monitoring. The individual is collaborating on the development of new irrigation scheduling tools that help irrigators manage water and nitrogen resources more precisely. These tools help reduce nitrogen leaching losses in irrigated cropping systems.
The absence of an Irrigation Specialist was identified as a critical need by the irrigation community and other ag stakeholders. During the 2011 Forum on Minnesota Irrigated Agriculture, the lack of an irrigation specialist at the University of Minnesota was one of the most important issues discussed.
University of Minnesota
439 Borlaug Hall
1991 Upper Buford Circle
St. Paul, MN 55108-6028
Short Term Goals (2014-2015)
Additional Long Term Goals (2015-2020)
Fertilizer Section Manager
Bruce.Montgomery@state.mn.us ~ 651-201-6178