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Northwest Iowa Dairy Outlooks

A local discussion of current science and issues concerning dairying in northwest iowa

With low commodity prices predicted through next year, many farmers are looking to trim costs.  For fertilizer, don’t simply trim overall costs but rather producers need to selectively maximize economic returns to fertilizer expense.  Tarrant County Extension is conducting a workshop for those wanting to understand soil tests and fertilizer recommendations.  “We will take a step-by-step approach on understanding what to test for, how labs provide test results, and how to turn those results into fertilizer rates that will maximize returns”, says Fred M. Hall, the new Tarrant County Agriculture Extension Agent.

The registration begins at 5:30 p.m. and the evening program starts at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, December 1. The program will be held at Russell Hall located at 5708 Jacksboro Hwy in Fort Worth. The registration fee is $15 and includes all handouts and one general continuing education unit for those holding a Texas Department of Agriculture applicators license.

Texas A & M AgriLife Ag Economist Dr. Blake Bennett will present on maximizing fertilizer returns with current commodity prices. The new Tarrant County Agriculture and Natural Resource Agent Fred M. Hall will present on the importance of taking a good soil sample.

Even if you already have soil testing and recommendations hired out to an agri-business, in two hours you can still gain a very good understanding of how to manage one of the top three dollar per acre expenses on your farm.  Knowledge gained from this program will likely allow you to selectively reduce fertilizer costs while improving income.  It’s a two-hour workshop that starts on time.

For more information or to register contact the Tarrant County Extension Office at 817.884.1945. Registration can also be done on-line at: http://agrilife.org/urbantarrantag/program-registration

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