Soil Fertility Workshop Scheduled in Kossuth County

Soil Fertility Workshop Scheduled in Kossuth County

Farmers wishing to maximize the profits from their fertilizer dollars will want to attend an in-person workshop hosted by Iowa State University. The workshop, Soil Testing Interpretations and Recommendations: Maximizing Return on Investment, will be held in in Kossuth County on February 8th from 1-4 pm at Water’s Edge Nature Center (1010 250th Ave, Algona).

Additional workshop dates are taking place across Iowa throughout February and March.  The workshops will address the profitable management of soil fertility in Iowa, as conditions continue to change with increased fertilizer input costs and a rising demand for nutrients from higher-yielding crops.

“These 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,” says Josh Michel, field agronomist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

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.

“While many decisions have already been made for the 2022 growing season,” said Virgil Schmitt, field agronomist with ISU Extension and Outreach, “fertility decisions will continue to evolve with changes in fertilizer prices and land tenure.”

Space is limited at the Kossuth County workshop and pre-registration by February 4th is required. Registration is $40, and includes publications, copies of presentations, and refreshments (sponsored by Steier Ag). To register, visit the Kossuth County Extension website, or call the office at (515) 295-2469. Registration fees for in-person workshops may be paid in advance or the day of the program.