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You can learn to “Get the Biggest Bang for Your Buck with Nitrogen Rates” from a presentation held twice daily during Ag Expo hosted by Emily Sneller, Michigan State University Extension educator. The field trial demonstrations will take place at the CSS Corner at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 19; Wednesday, July 20; and Thursday, July 21.


Source: Michigan State University, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Corn Producers Learn to Get the Biggest Bang for the Buck with Nitrogen Rates at Ag Expo


Nitrogen is a major nutrient for crop growth, especially when growing corn. Since nitrogen is a high-dollar nutrient that tends to move in the soil, knowing recommended application rates is a must to help reduce the dollars spent on purchased nitrogen and keep nitrogen available for plant use.

You can learn to “Get the Biggest Bang for Your Buck with Nitrogen Rates” from a presentation held twice daily during Ag Expo hosted by Emily Sneller, Michigan State University Extension educator. The field trial demonstrations will take place at the CSS Corner at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 19; Wednesday, July 20; and Thursday, July 21.

“Research has shown that we don’t need as much nitrogen with the newer corn varieties, because they are more nitrogen efficient,” Sneller said. “Nitrogen is a high-dollar nutrient that costs growers a lot each year. We’re going to be talking about nitrogen recommendations that are effective at getting optimum corn yields and are also environmentally efficient.”

By learning what nitrogen rates are best for each field, growers can ensure they are applying exactly what their crop needs and reducing the chance for runoff, thus improving water quality, which falls in line with the MSU Extension “I Know MI Numbers” initiative. Through the initiative, MSU Extension educators are working with farmers to implement more practices that reduce nutrients and pesticides in the water supply.

The field trial demonstration features corn that has been side-dressed with varying rates of nitrogen to show how the crop responds to different nitrogen rates. Visitors will have the opportunity to view information showing the results of past years’ corn nitrogen rate research trials and receive handout materials on MSU’s Maximum Return to Nitrogen (MRTN) recommendations as well as on the correlating field trials and other applicable topics. Extension educators will be present to answer any questions or talk further on the fertility research for Michigan growers.

“We will have a live demonstration looking at multiple different nitrogen rates on corn so participants can take a look at how corn looks at different nitrogen rates,” Sneller said. “We will also review research on nitrogen rates in Michigan with MSU’s new Maximum Return to Nitrogen recommendations and what that means to the farmers by saving fertilizer costs and helping them reach optimum corn yield.”

MSU’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources sponsors the 2011 Michigan Ag Expo. It runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., July 19 and 20, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., July 21. Admission to the grounds and parking at Farm Lane and Mt. Hope Road are free.

To learn more about the educational sessions being offered at Ag Expo this year, visit the Ag Expo website at www.agexpo.msu.edu. For more information about the Michigan Ag Expo, contact Megghan Honke at honkemeg@msu.edu or 517-353-3175, ext. 229.