Making sound soil fertility management decisions is an important part of successful crop production, on both an economic and environmental level.

Extension and Outreach will offer a two-day short course focusing on principles of soils, soil fertility and nutrient management to help crop production professionals make better decisions. Highlights include sampling and testing; pH and liming; essential, secondary and micronutrients; nitrogen dynamics; manure management; and more.

The small class size allows for increased discussion and interaction with Extension and Outreach specialists.

The Soil Fertility and Nutrient Management Short Course will be held Feb. 18-19, 2014, in room 250 of the Scheman Continuing Education Building on the Iowa State University campus in Ames.

Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. with classwork beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at 4:30 p.m. on Feb 19. Registration is limited to 40 participants and pre-registration is required. The cost is $275 and includes course reference notebook, lunches and breaks. Registration and fees must be received by midnight, February 11.

Registrations can be completed online with a credit card or by mail with check payment. Online registration and forms are available here.

For more information, please call ANR Program Services at (515) 294-6429 or email