Twenty-six on-farm research trials are currently taking place across southern and central Minnesota, addressing issues related to nutrient and crop management practices within alfalfa-corn rotations. Results from this research and related projects will be presented at three upcoming on-farm field days near Albany, Owatonna, and Red Wing, MN, on July 18, 22 and 25, respectively.

Each field day will include a plot tour and multiple presentations on nutrient and agronomic management for alfalfa-corn rotations by researchers from University of Minnesota (UM) Extension, the USDA, and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. A panel of progressive farmers will share their experiences with fertilizer, manure and crop management in alfalfa-corn rotations during each field day.

UM Extension and the USDA-Agricultural Research Service (ARS) have been conducting research, funded by the Minnesota Corn Growers Association, the Minnesota Agricultural Fertilizer Research and Education Council, the North Central Sustainable Agriculture, Research and Education Program, and the Southern Minnesota Nutrient Efficiency Coalition. The research is focused on potassium management, nitrogen cycling, manure management, alfalfa stand termination options, and tillage systems for alfalfa-corn rotations.

Registration and refreshments will begin at 9:45 a.m. at each field day, with the program and plot tour from 10:00 a.m. to noon. The events are free and open to the public.

Click on the links following each date below for directions, topics, and speakers for each field day.

July 18 at Owatonna, MN.
July 22 at Red Wing, MN.
July 25 at Albany, MN.