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Nitrogen Smart

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Nitrogen Smart is an educational program for producers that presents fundamentals for maximizing economic return on nitrogen investments while minimizing nitrogen losses.

The morning Nitrogen Smart: Fundamentals session delivers high-quality, research-based education so producers can learn:

  • Sources of nitrogen (N) for crops
  • How nitrogen is lost from soil and how you can reduce losses
  • How to manage nitrogen in drainage systems
  • What the Nutrient Reduction Strategy and Nitrogen Fertilizer Management Plan mean for Minnesota producers
  • Practices to refine nitrogen management, including split applications, alternative N fertilizers, soil and tissue testing and N models

Nitrogen Smart certification is valid for three years after participants complete the Fundamentals course.  The Advanced Nitrogen Smart session is available to returning participants or to new participants that attend the morning Fundamentals course.

Nitrogen Smart online

The fundamentals course is also offered online as a self-paced course. 

Start Nitrogen Smart online

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