The cost of managing soil fertility in Iowa continues to change, with increased fertilizer input costs and a rising demand for nutrients from higher-yielding crops.
To help producers understand the changes, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is hosting a soil fertility workshop in February workshops in February called “Soil Testing Interpretations and Recommendations: Maximizing Return on Investment.”
The workshops will lead farmers through the basics of soil testing, analytical tests, calculating crop nutrient removal, understanding return on investment from fertilizer applications, how crop response correlates to soil test levels and what is known about crop response to micronutrients.
“These workshops provide producers the skills to best allocate fertilizer input dollars on their farms,” said Terry Basol, field agronomist with ISU Extension and Outreach.
Angie Rieck-Hinz, field agronomist with ISU Extension and Outreach, said producers are thinking about fertility decisions. She said the workshops are designed to help farmers understand their current soil nutrient situation, the amount their crops are using in a growing season and what needs to be added.
Registration is limited and is required. Registrants should contact the Mitchell county office. Fees can be paid the day of the workshop. Registration for each event includes publications, copies of presentations and lunch. The workshops run from 1 pm until 4 pm with lunch served just prior to the start of the workshop at 12:15.