2014 MSU Nutrient Management Plot Tour Update held September 10

The MSU nutrient management plot tour on Sept. 10 will highlight applied field research to improve plant and soil health and fertilizer practices.

Plant and soil health aspects will be featured at the annual Michigan State University 2014 Nutrient Management Plot Tour on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the MSU Plant Pathology Field Lab, 3735 North College Rd., Lansing, MI 48910. Participants will be able to visit on-going soil fertility research plots, assess emerging technologies, learn from hands-on demonstrations and interact with Michigan State University Extension educators, MSU faculty and guest speakers.

A multitude of research topics including starter fertilizer, soil quality, cover crops and soil compaction are being investigated. Research projects currently being funded by the Michigan corn, soybean and wheat check-off funds will be on display. Many participants will discover new knowledge and ideas that could potentially increase crop yield or reduce input costs.

This event will provide educational information to farmers about proactively managing nutrients for conserving resources and environmental stewardship. Currently there is a lot of misinformation regarding the use of agricultural fertilizers in the wake of the drinking water crisis in Lake Erie.

The program is intended for farmers, crop consultants, fertilizer dealerships, educators, researchers, federal and state officials and Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) professionals. Participants will receive five CCA credits, three MDARD credits and one MAEAP phase l credit. The cost of the program is $40 which includes lunch, refreshments, MSU bulletins and handouts.

View the program brochure for more information and to register by mail. You may also register online. If you have questions, please contact George Silva at silvag@msu.edu or 517-543-4467. 

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