Webinar discusses drought and crop nutrients
Adding to the complications that weather creates is the basic complexity of nutrient management itself. “Every farm or ranch, every field, every acre, every patch of ground can be and often is distinct and different,” said Rod Snyder of the National Corn Growers and ANPC member. “This makes nutrient management for crop production equal parts science and an agricultural art,” he added. “We hope that this webinar, and the host of good information that the agricultural universities and our private partners are providing to farmers about managing nutrients after a drought, will help farmers succeed at this very challenging task.”
The topics covered in the webinar included an overview of the drought and its effects, principles of nutrient management, and a review of specific conditions and practical advice applicable to nitrogen, phosphorus and postassium management. The session closed with a review of the role of cover crops and the contribution they can make to help conserve nutrients.
Presenting at the webinar were Dr. Jim Camberato, Department of Agronomy at Purdue University, Dr. John Grove, Department of Plant and Soil Sciences at the University of Kentucky, Dr. Scott Murrell, North Central Director of the International Plant Nutrition Institute, Dr. Antonio Mallarino, Department of Agronomy at Iowa State University , and Mike Plumer, Coordinator at the Illinois Council on Best Management Practices. The materials that they used can be found at www.agronomy.org/education/managing-nutrients-drought-resources/.
The ANPC was formed two years ago and has approximately 40 farmer, agribusiness and research organization members. These include many of the major crop, livestock, poultry, general farm and research organizations. The ANPC was formed to assemble technical, legal and policy expertise to support the development and implementation of sound federal policies on agriculture, nutrients and water quality, and to advance best practices and practical solutions that work.