IANA shows environmental, economic benefits of nutrient management

The Indiana Agriculture Nutrient Alliance (IANA) is working with partners to promote conservation practices and address barriers to adoption that will allow growers to become more efficient with nutrient use and soil health.  

Ben Wicker, executive director of the alliance, says having a nutrient management plan will improve the soil as well as a farmer’s bottom line.  

“Regardless of the environmental impacts, the biggest thing to me is that it comes down to economics,” he says. “Fertilizer a lot of times represents one of the biggest variable costs I may have per acre on my farm. So, the more efficient I can be and the more targeted I can be in that use— that’s going to have a huge impact on my bottom line.”

He tells Brownfield the alliance has established goals farmers can adopt on their farm.

“Establishing a nutrient plan is important,” he says. “So, sampling your soil and knowing what nutrients are in the field and then taking that information to develop a plan for nutrient management.”

Other goals include application of the 4Rs (right fertilizer source, right rate, right time, and right place), and managing and protecting the investment.

IANA hosted a 4R field day recently with panel discussion, breakout sessions and demonstrations, and more.

Click here for more information.

Audio: Ben Wicker, Indiana Agriculture Nutrient Alliance

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