Minnesota's Legacy

Nutrient Management Initiative (NMI)

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$130,006
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$138,263
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$178,686
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$119,126
Fund Source
Clean Water Fund
Recipient
Minnesota farmers and crop advisers
Recipient Type
Individual
Status
In Progress
Start Date
February 2015
End Date
June 2022
Activity Type
Demonstration/Pilot Project
Education/Outreach/Engagement
Counties Affected
Statewide
Statewide
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Minnesota Session Laws - 2019, 1st Special Session, CHAPTER 2--S.F. No. 3, Article 2
Appropriation Language

M.L. 2019: (d) $1,500,000 the first year and $1,500,000 the second year are for technical assistance, research, and demonstration projects on proper implementation of best management practices and more-precise information on nonpoint contributions to impaired waters and for grants to support on-farm demonstration of agricultural practices. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2024.

Legal Citation / Subdivision
Minnesota Session Laws - 2017, Regular Session, Chapter 91, Article 2, Section 3
Appropriation Language

M.L. 2017: (d) $1,125,000 the first year and $1,125,000 the second year are for technical assistance, research, and demonstration projects on proper implementation of best management practices and more precise information on nonpoint contributions to impaired waters and for grants to support on-farm demonstration of agricultural practices. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2022.

2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$130,006
Administration costs
$0
Number of full time equivalents funded
see "Statewide Technical Assistance" and "Statewide Groundwater Protection"
Measurable Outcome(s)

A total of 86 field trials were conducted in 2018 in collaboration with 86 farmers and 30 crop advisers.

2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$138,263
Administration costs
$0
Number of full time equivalents funded
see "Statewide Technical Assistance" and "Statewide Groundwater Protection"
Measurable Outcome(s)

A total of 120 field trials were conducted in 2017 in collaboration with 115 farmers and 33 crop advisers.

Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2015, 1st Special Session, Chapter 2, Article 2, Sec. 3
Appropriation Language

(d) $1,125,000 the first year and $1,125,000 the second year are for technical assistance, research, and demonstration projects on proper implementation of best management practices and more precise information on nonpoint contributions to impaired waters. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2020.

2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$178,686
Administration costs
$0
Number of full time equivalents funded
See "Statewide Technical Assistance" and "Statewide Groundwater Protection"
Measurable Outcome(s)

A total of 103 field trials were conducted in 2016. This included nitrogen rate (42), nitrogen stabilizer product (8), nitrogen timing (36) and nitrogen rate after manure (9) trials. One field trial evaluated nitrogen source, two evaluated nitrogen rate after alfalfa, and one evaluated the use of cover crops. Four farmers worked on advanced N rate trials in partnership with the MDA and the University of Minnesota. A total of 100 farmers and 29 crop advisers participated.

Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2013: Chapter 137, Article 2, Section 3
Appropriation Language

M.L. 2013: (d) $1,500,000 the first year and $1,500,000 the second year are for research, pilot projects, and technical assistance on proper implementation of best management practices and more precise information on nonpoint contributions to impaired waters. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2018.

2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$119,126
Administration costs
$49
Number of full time equivalents funded
See "Statewide Technical Assistance" and "Statewide Groundwater Protection"
Measurable Outcome(s)

A total of 166 field trials were conducted in 2015. This included nitrogen rate (101), nitrogen stabilizer product (17), nitrogen timing (34) and nitrogen rate after manure (10) trials. One field trial evaluated nitrogen source, two evaluated nitrogen rate after alfalfa, and one evaluated the use of cover crops. A total of 89 farmers and 39 crop advisers participated.

Project Overview

The Minnesota Nutrient Management Initiative (NMI) assists farmers and crop advisers in evaluating nutrient management practices on their own fields. Each participating farmer works with a crop adviser to set up field trials on their farm. This includes comparisons of nitrogen rate, nitrogen application timing, and other practices that may help reduce nitrate-nitrogen losses. 

Working with Minnesota farmers, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has supported more than 465 on-farm field trials in 2015-2018. The MDA works with an average of 100 farmers and 30 crop advisers each year. In the past five years, over 32,000 field acres were enrolled in the program.

For more information, please visit the Minnesota Department of Agriculture's Clean Water Fund web page. 

Project Details

Results and information from these field trials will:

  • Assist farmers and crop advisers in evaluating current nutrient management practices versus other practices they would like to try on their farm
  • Provide an opportunity to compare different nutrient management practices and evaluate outcomes
  • Assist participants in evaluating practices which may help reduce nitrate-nitrogen losses from their fields
Project Manager
First Name
Ryan
Last Name
Lemickson
Organization Name
Minnesota Department of Agriculture
Street Address
23070 North Lakeshore Drive
City
Glenwood
State
MN
Zip Code
56334
Phone
(612) 209-9181
Email
ryan.lemickson@state.mn.us