Soil Fertility Extension Program
N deficient wheat, Havre, 1996. Image by R. Engel
The Soil Fertility/Nutrient Management program at MSU focuses on the processes that affect soil fertility and nutrient losses so that nutrients can be managed more sustainably. Soil testing can detect low nutrient levels that lead to possible crop nutrient deficiencies. In addition, soil testing allows for timely adjustments in fertilizer applications, reducing input costs. Understanding the economics of fertilizing, yield goals, and crop quality, along with soil fertility management can assist the producer in meeting profit goals. Currently, the effects of cropping systems and tillage systems on nitrogen and phosphorus availability are being investigated. Research conducted at MSU, the Agricultural Research Centers, and throughout the region, are synthesized into fact sheets, modules, and presentations geared toward extension agents, crop advisers, farmers, ranchers, and/or homeowners. If you have any questions on the Soil Fertility Extension program or materials contained in this web site, contact Dr. Clain Jones.
- Inoculation and Nitrogen Management to Optimize Pulse Crop Yield and Protein. Our article in the new Crops & Soils is open-access to all readers and available for 1 CEU in Nutrient Management for CCAs.
- We have a new soil acidification website with information about this emerging issue. Clain discusses causes and management options in an interview with Russell Nemetz from Northern Ag Network.
- This MSU press release (pdf; link to press release) presents the issue of soil acidification and the corresponding AgAlert provides information on what to look for in fields.
- Two new reports explain drought and management impacts on pea protein formation:
- Pea Protein Formation and Management Options, Bestwick et al., 2018
- Environmental and Management Effects on Pea Protein in MT: A Research Report from the MREDI, Bestwick et al., 2018
- Clain visits with Brent Roeder, Teton County Extension, about drought effects on forage nitrates. Listen to the interview.
- Upcoming presentations by Clain:
- Soil Fertility, Testing, Amending. Master Farmer Class, Pondera County Extension, Jan. 31, 2019. Contact Adriane Good
- Soil Nutrient Management for Forage Production. Herdsmanship School, Hall, MT. Feb 5, 2019. Contact Ben Hauptman
- Soil Acidification: Identify, prevent, adapt, restore. 3 County Crop School, Three Forks, MT. Feb 20, 2019. Contact Allison Kosto
- Determining Fertilizer Rates and Soil Acidity. Winter Series, Sidney, Culbertson, McCone, Daniels. Feb 26-28, 2019. Contact Colleen Buck