Posted  3 Apr, 2017 
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The Prairie Organic Grain Initiative (POGI) is looking for farmers and agronomists to participate in an on-Farm Nutrient Management Program for organic farmers, offered in partnership with Dr. Martin Entz and Joanne Thiessen Martens of the University of Manitoba.

Why do you need a nutrient management plan?

Having sufficient amounts of Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Potassium, as well as other nutrients, is key to good yields, quality grain, and long term sustainability. Knowing your current farm nutrient status and needs can help identify deficiencies and guide your management decisions. A nutrient budgeting spreadsheet will assist farmers and agronomists in assessing the whole farm needs while also allowing them to explore alternative crop rotations and other nutrient management scenarios. This will help farmers make more informed management decisions.

How does it work?

A trained agronomist will visit the farm to gather field crop histories, as well as taking samples of soil and plant tissue. During harvest, the farmer will take additional grain samples. All of the samples will be sent to a lab to discover nutrient concentrations. The agronomist will use the nutrient budget spreadsheet to help analyze the information, and share it with the farmer. By understanding the current nutrient status and needs, they will work together to explore management options.

Eligibility

If you are a farmer: – Must have a green manure in the 2017 growing season – Fields must be under certified organic management – Growing field crops (i.e. cash grain, legume, oilseed crop operation and/or mixed farms) If you are an agronomist: – Available to participate in on-going nutrient management program training and discussions, via webinars, email and/or social media.

Cost and Payment

The total cost of the program is $1000 per farm for one year. POGI will subsidize up to 70% of the cost to the farmer. POGI will also pay agronomist $500/farm plus actual travel expenses.

How to Participate

If you are a farmer or agronomist interested in this program, please contact Iris.vaisman@prairieorganicgrain.org or 1 855 521 2400.


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