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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. 

Advanced Nitrogen Smart

Advanced Nitrogen Smart is available to participants that have completed the Fundamentals course. A Deep Dive into the 4Rs is being offered on July 26, 2022 in conjunction with the North Star Ag Expo.  This three hour session goes into depth on the types of nitrogen fertilizers, application timing, and determining the most profitable rate.  Other management aspects such as application method, use of inhibitors, evaluating site and climate conditions are also covered so that farmers can make N fertilizer decisions that are best suited to their operations. 

Upcoming events

There are no upcoming events scheduled at this time. See other crop events from Extension.

Nitrogen Smart online

The fundamentals course is also offered online as a self-paced course.  If you need to leave the course before you finish, you may come back anytime. Your progress is automatically saved and you should return where you left off.  Thanks to the generous support of the Minnesota Corn Growers, there is no charge for the Nitrogen Smart course.

Online enrollment instructions

  1. When you click on the "Enroll in Nitrogen Smart" button below, you will go to the enrollment page. Pick the available section and select "Add to cart." Proceed to "Checkout."
    enrollment page
  2. After you have clicked "Checkout," you will either login or create a new University of Minnesota guest account to access the course. Note that your email address will be used as your UMN "internet ID" for this course.  
    Please also note that University passwords must be 16 (!) characters long. We recommend using a phrase you can remember.
  3. After creating your course login information, you will be directed back to the enrollment checkout process. Fill in only the required information as indicated by an asterisk (*) and "Continue checkout."
  4. You're now enrolled in the course! You will receive a confirmation email with a link to access the course.

Enroll in Nitrogen Smart online

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