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Nitrogen Conference

Minnesota's Grand Challenge and Compelling Opportunity

2018 Date and location

Tuesday, February 6 at the St. Cloud River’s Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud, Minnesota.:


University of Minnesota Extension will host the Nitrogen Conference February 6, 2018 at River's Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud, Minnesota.

The Nitrogen Conference will be held for the fourth time in 2018, bringing experts to focus entirely on that valuable input. Current topics in crop production and environmental stewardship will be relevant and informative for today's agricultural producers and professionals.

Who should attend?

Crop producers, agricultural professionals and anyone who appreciates high quality research-based information.

Continuing education credits

Certified crop advisors (CCAs) attending the full day will be able to earn continuing education credits (CEUs) in soil and water and nutrient management.

Program agenda

Speaker biographies and presentation descriptions will be available soon.

General Session 8:15 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Time Topic and Speaker
8:15 a.m. Registration
9:00 a.m. Welcome
Tom Rothman, University of Minnesota
9:05 a.m. Lessons Learned in 2017, Opportunities for 2018
Dave Nicolai, University of Minnesota; Rick Gilbertson,Pro Ag Crop Consultants, Inc.; and Anne Struffert, University of Minnesota
9:55 a.m. University Guidelines in Tandem with On-Farm Testing to Improve Profitability and Water Quality
Dr. Howard Brown, Illini FS
10:50 a.m. Break
11:05 a.m. Drainage Water Quality Research and the Role It Plays in State Level Nutrient Reduction Strategies
Dr. Matt Helmers, Iowa State University
12:00 p.m. Lunch
Concurrent afternoon sessions 1:00–3:40 p.m.
Breakout Session 1
1:00 p.m. Cover crops: where does the nitrogen go?
Dr. Matt Ruark, University of Wisconsin
1:55 p.m. Impact of Nitrogen Management on NUE and Water Quality
Dr. Fabián Fernández, University of Minnesota
2:50 p.m. Managing Nitrogen in Manure
Dr. Melissa Wilson, University of Minnesota
3:40 p.m. Adjourn
Breakout Session 2
1:00 p.m. Nitrogen Source as an Important Best Management Decision
Dr. Alan Blaylock, Agrium Inc.
1:55 p.m. Improving Productivity and Profitability with Variable Rate Nitrogen and Irrigation Applications
Dr. Tim Shaver, University of Nebraska
2:50 p.m. Effects of Fertilizer Timing and Variable Rate N on Nitrate-N Losses from Tile Drained Corn/Soybean Rotation Simulated Using Drainmod-NII
Dr. David Mulla, University of Minnesota
3:40 p.m. Adjourn


There is a $20 per person fee payable at registration or at the door.

Thank you to our Nitrogen Conference sponsors:

Past conference presentations: 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015

For more information, contact Fabian Fernandez,

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