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By Rebecca Vittetoe–Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

Learn the most efficient and cost effective ways to fertilize your crops this year with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach’s Soil Testing Interpretations and Recommendations: Maximizing Return on Investment workshop, offered at variety of locations.

AMES, Iowa – 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 maximize profits, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is hosting 17 workshops from the end of January through March called Soil Testing Interpretations and Recommendations: Maximizing Return on Investment.

ISU Extension and Outreach field agronomist Josh Michel said 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 Virgil Schmitt, field agronomist with ISU Extension and Outreach. “Producers are already thinking about next year’s fertility decisions.”

“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,” said Rebecca Vittetoe, another ISU Extension and Outreach field agronomist, who will be presenting.

2020 Soil Fertility Workshops

Enrollment size is limited, and registration is required. Registrants should contact their ISU Extension and Outreach county office or the site location they wish to attend. Fees can be paid the day of the workshop. Registration for each event includes publications, copies of presentations, and brunch or lunch, if provided.

  • Jan. 31, Jefferson County Activities Building, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Registration is $10 per person and pre-registration is required by Jan. 29. Enrollment is limited to 30. Call the ISU Extension and Outreach Jefferson County Office at (641)-472-4166. Meeting sponsored by Libertyville Savings Bank.
  • Feb. 7, Poweshiek Water Association, Brooklyn, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Registration is $10 per person and pre-registration is required by Feb. 5. There is no registration cost for Corn Grower Members, but RSVP by Feb. 5. Enrollment is limited to 30. Call the ISU Extension and Outreach Poweshiek County Office at (641)-623-5188. Meeting sponsored by Iowa Corn Growers
  • Feb. 13, ISU Extension and Outreach Jones County Office, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Registration is $40 per person and pre-registration is required by Feb. 11. Enrollment is limited to 30. Call the Jones County office at (319)-465-3224.
  • Feb. 13, ISU Extension and Outreach Ringgold County Office, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. There is no registration fee, but for questions or to RSVP, call the Ringgold County office at 641-464-3333.
  • Feb. 18, ISU Extension and Outreach Bremer County Office, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Registration is $40 per person and pre-registration is required by Feb. 14. Enrollment is limited to 30. Call the Bremer County office at (319)-465-3224.
  • Feb. 19, Heartland Community Room in Gowrie (1201 Market St., Gowrie), 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Registration is $40 per person and pre-registration is required by Feb. 14. Enrollment is limited to 30. Call the ISU Extension and Outreach Webster County Office at (515)-576-2119 or the Calhoun County office at (712)-297-8611
  • Feb. 19, ISU Extension and Outreach Adair Office, 10 a.m. to noon. There is no registration fee, but for questions or to RSVP, call the Adair County office at (641)-743-8412.
  • Feb. 20, Western Iowa Research Farm near Castana in Monona County, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration is $40 per person and pre-registration is required by Feb. 14. Enrollment is limited to 25. Call the ISU Extension and Outreach Monona County Office at (712)-423-2175.
  • Feb. 21, ISU Extension and Outreach Marion County Office, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Registration is $40 per person and pre-registration is required by Feb. 19. Enrollment is limited to 30. Call the Marion County office at (641)-842-2014. Meeting is sponsored by the Iowa Corn Growers.
  • Feb. 27, Southeast Research and Demonstration Farm near Crawfordsville, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Registration is $40 per person and pre-registration is required by Feb. 25. Enrollment is limited to 30. Call the ISU Extension and Outreach Washington County Office at (319)-653-4811.
  • Feb. 28, ISU Extension and Outreach Black Hawk County Office, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Registration is $40 per person and pre-registration is required by Feb. 26. Enrollment is limited to 30. Call the Black Hawk County office at (319)-234-6811.
  • Feb. 28, ISU Extension and Outreach Cass County Office, 10 a.m. to noon. There is no registration fee, but for questions or to RSVP, call the Cass County office at (712)-243-1132.
  • March 13, ISU Extension and Outreach Plymouth County Office – Le Mars Convention Center Board Room, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration is $40 per person and pre-registration is required by March. 9. Enrollment is limited to 25. Call the Plymouth County office at 712-546-7835.

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