EXT XAF.0127 - Nitrogen Smart Online
Nitrogen Smart is an educational program for producers that offers both fundamental and advanced topics in nitrogen (N) management. The Advanced Nitrogen Smart courses are available to returning participants or to new participants that complete the Fundamentals course.
Nitrogen Smart certification is valid for three years.
Nitrogen Smart: Fundamentals
Nitrogen Smart focuses on the fundamentals of nitrogen management so producers can maximize economic return on N investments while minimizing losses. This high-quality, research-based education course includes the following topics:
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
Advanced Nitrogen Smart: Manure management
Livestock manures have been used as a crop fertilizer source for thousands of years. It continues to be a valuable source of crop nutrients, even with the advent of synthetic fertilizers. Because its nutrient content and availability can vary widely, it's important to develop a management plan that will optimize crop productivity while protecting water quality.
Benefits and challenges of using manure in crop production
What determines nutrient content in manure
How manure storage and handling affect nutrient availability
Importance of manure sampling and testing
How application methods and timing affect nitrogen loss
Practices to optimize manure use and minimize nitrogen losses
Please note: These courses are self-paced. You may register at any point and complete the coursework when it is convenient for you.
Other Advanced Nitrogen Management topics
Other Advanced Nitrogen Smart courses are under development and include “A deep dive into the 4Rs” and “Adapting N management for a changing climate.”
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