Nutrient Management Initiative (NMI)

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$153,000
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$225,000
Fund Source
Clean Water Fund
Recipient
Minnesota farmers and crop advisers
Recipient Type
Individual
Status
In Progress
Start Date
February 2015
End Date
June 2018
Activity Type
Demonstration/Pilot Project
Education/Outreach/Engagement
Counties Affected
Statewide
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
$153,000
Number of full time equivalents funded
See "Statewide Technical Assistance" and "Statewide Groundwater Protection"
Measurable Outcome(s)

Measurable outcomes will be reported at the end of the fiscal year

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
$225,000
Administration costs
$376
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 (113), nitrogen stabilizer product (17), and nitrogen timing (34) trials. One field trial evaluated nitrogen source 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) was developed to help farmers and crop advisers evaluate management decisions using the farmer's actual field conditions.Participating farmers work with a  crop adviser to set up field trials. After completing plot harvest and submitting the required forms, farmers and crop advisers are reimbursed for their time and will receive a summary and analysis of their results. .Field trials available in 2016 and 2017:Nitrogen rate trialsNitrogen timing trialsNitrogen stabilizer product trialsNitrogen source trialsNitrogen rate after manure trialsFor 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 alternative practice they would like to try on their farmProvide an opportunity to compare different nutrient management practices and evaluate economic outcomesAssist participants in evaluating practices which may help reduce nitrate 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