Nitrogen reduction using irrigation scheduling and cover crops

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Clean Water Fund
Sherburne SWCD
Recipient Type
Local/Regional Government
In Progress
Start Date
April 2014
End Date
December 2016
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2013, Regular Session chapter 137
Appropriation Language

Accelerated Implementation Grant 2014

2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Data development

Source of Additional Funds


Recipient Board Members
Members for Sherburne SWCD are: David Berg, Douglas Hipsag, Jason Selvog, Jason Selvog, Larry Goenner, Roger Nelson
Project Overview

This project combines the use of automated soil moisture probes for irrigation scheduling with diverse cover crop planting to reduce or eliminate leaching of nitrogen and other nutrients on cropland with an early season harvested crop in the rotation. The more efficient use of irrigation waters provides a secondary benefit: less withdrawal from the aquifers that provide recharge for the Mt. Simon-Hinckley aquifer. Combining automated soil moisture probes, cell phone technology, and the Internet, this project will provide real time soil moisture conditions to growers who can use that information to provide improved irrigation scheduling and prevent leaching of nutrients below the crop root zone. John Deere Field Connect soil moisture probes will be installed in center pivot irrigated fields.

The project will remain in place for the length of the crop rotation. After the early season crop is harvested, a diverse cover drop will be established to scavenge any remaining nitrogen. During the growing season, soil moisture data will be posted daily to the Soil and Water Conservation District's website for viewing by neighboring growers, seed companies, crop consultants, and others.

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Sherburne SWCD
Street Address
14855 Hwy 10
Elk River
Zip Code
763-241-1170 x 131
Competitive Grant Making Body
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Conflict of Interest Contact

Nicole Clapp