Statewide Farming Nutrient Survey and Report

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$30,000
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$30,000
Fund Source
Clean Water Fund
Recipient
USDA-NASS, Douglas Hartwig, Director (651) 201-6030
Recipient Type
Federal Government
Status
In Progress
Start Date
January 2010
End Date
June 2012
Activity Type
Analysis/Interpretation
Assessment/Evaluation
Counties Affected
Statewide
Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2011, Chapter 6, Article 2, Sec. 3
Appropriation Language

M.L.2011: (b) $850, 000 the first year and $850,000 the second year are to increase monitoring and evaluate trends in the concentration of nitrate in groundwater in high-risk areas and regionally and to promote and evaluate regional and crop-specific nutrient best management practices. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2016.

2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$30,000
Direct expenses
$30,000
Number of full time equivalents funded
see "Statewide Groundwater and Drinking Water Protection"
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)
  • Number of producers contacted
  • Number of acres the contacted producers manage
Description of Funds
$30,00 was allocated in both FY10 and FY12. Administration costs for all nitrate monitoring and reduction activities are reported on the project page entitled "Statewide Groundwater and Drinking Water Protection".
Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2009, Chapter 172, Article 2, Sec. 2
Appropriation Language

M.L. 2009: (c) $375,000 the first year and $750,000 the second year are to increase groundwater and drinking water protection from agricultural chemicals, primarily nutrients.

2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$30,000
Direct expenses
$30,000
Number of full time equivalents funded
see "Statewide Groundwater and Drinking Water Protection"
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)
  • Number of producers contacted
  • Number of acres the contacted producers manage
Description of Funds
$30,00 was allocated in both FY10 and FY12. Administration costs for all nitrate monitoring and reduction activities are reported on the project page entitled "Statewide Groundwater and Drinking Water Protection".
Project Overview

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has partnered with the USDA National Agricultural Statistic Service (NASS) and University of Minnesota researchers to collect information about fertilizer use and farm management. Partners have pioneered a survey tool for characterizing fertilizer use and farm management on a regional and statewide scale. Surveys are conducted over the phone.  NASS staff are highly skilled at obtaining critical information over the phone with minimal time and burden on the producer.

The first attempt using this technique was in 2010. NASS enumerators surveyed approximately 1,500 corn farmers from across Minnesota to gather information about commercial fertilizer use.

The statewide fertilizer use survey will alternate every other year. Much of the focus will be on corn production, where 70% of the commercial inputs are used. During alternate years, the survey will focus on regional issues in areas of the state where there is a high risk of groundwater contamination. In 2012, MDA's survey will  focus on fertilizer and manure use on corn throughout Minnesota. For more information about nutrient surveys and reports, please visit the Minnesota Department of Agriculture's Clean Water Fund website.

About the Issue

Fertilizer and manure inputs are an essential component of a sound nutrient management plan. Under some circumstances these essential inputs may have detrimental impacts on Minnesota's water resources. For both agronomic and environmental reasons, establishing a better understanding of nutrient inputs (rates and sources) and their associated management (timing and placement) is needed.

Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) staff is committed to collecting unbiased and accurate information about nutrient management in Minnesota. This information is highly beneficial for:

  • Guiding future educational and research programs
  • Gauging the effectiveness of implementation programs
  • Understanding trends in fertilizer use efficiency
Project Manager
First Name
Denton
Last Name
Bruening
Organization Name
Minnesota Department of Agriculture
Street Address
625 Robert Street N.
City
St. Paul
State
MN
Zip Code
55155
Phone
(651) 201-6399
Email
Denton.Bruening@state.mn.us
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications

Not Applicable

Advisory Group Members and Qualifications

Not Applicable