Nutrient management seminar set Feb. 19

Posted February 15, 2013 at 2:43 pm

Agricultural producers who are concerned about rising fertilizer costs are encouraged to attend a nutrient management seminar on Tuesday, Feb. 19 at the Jones County Fairgrounds in the Youth Development Center in Monticello.

Guest speakers John Sawyer and Antonio Mallarino from Iowa State University will discuss money-saving management techniques that will help producers put together the best application rates required for the highest yields. Producers who follow a nutrient management plan and who are located within certain watershed project areas can also find out if they qualify for incentive payments that start out as high as $15 per acre. The watersheds in Jones County include the Cline Branch-North Fork of the Maquoketa and Farmers Creek.

The seminar is divided into two sessions: Agribusinesses involved in fertilizer distribution are invited to attend the 8:45 morning session, and ag producers are invited to the 1:30 afternoon session.

The meeting is being sponsored by the Jones, Jackson, Dubuque and Delaware Soil & Water Conservation Districts, and some area banks, including Ohnward Bank & Trust, Citizens State Bank and F&M Bank.

For more information call the Jones Soil and Water Conservation District Office in the USDA Service Center building at 300 Chamber Drive in Anamosa, 319-462-3196, ext. 3.