This spreadsheet is intended to help a producer and/or conservation planner evaluate the economic impact the installation of a wetland or other land conservation program will have on an individual field.
To download an example of how this spreadsheet can be used to calculate yield impact, download the Google Sheets Example spreadsheet below. To download an unfilled copy to insert your own data, download the Google Sheets User spreadsheet below. After choosing one or any of these options, you’ll be prompted to use your own copy. Click the “Make a Copy” button to download and save your own spreadsheet.
Research being done at the Blanchard River Demonstration Farms and other related sites around the state is helping researchers determine what practices work best for reducing nutrient and sediment loss. Over the last five years, on-farm research has shown that following the 4R approach can help reduce nutrient and sediment loss:
Following the 4R approach.
Developing a water management plan.
Reducing soil erosion.
The 4R Nutrient Stewardship principles provide proven best practices for the application of nutrients (commercial or manure) by using the right source of nutrients at the right rate and right time in the right place below the soil surface.
Knowing when to apply nutrients is critical. Research shows the greatest potential for nutrient loss is when precipitation happens shortly after nutrient application. The time of year is also crucial – losses are lower when nutrients are applied right before planting or over the summer compared to those applied in the fall or winter.
How you can achieve Right Time: Apply manure while the crop is growing
Manure has typically been applied in the fall after harvest or spring before planting. However, new equipment for manure application is changing this practice in order to better optimize uptake and placement.
How it works:
The in-crop application of manure can potentially replace purchased nitrogen, while also placing nutrients where the growing crop can immediately use them. The application of manure to a growing crop can also extend the manure application season, reducing the pressure to apply manure during the stress of harvest.
“Purchasing a strip-till unit and the necessary equipment cost roughly $250,000. But for an operation our size, more effectively placing fertilizer beneath the soil surface in a band where the crop can more readily access it reduced our fertilizer bill by almost one-third, or $100,000 per year.” – Bill Kellogg
Research is beginning to show that placing nutrients on the soil surface and leaving them undisturbed can have a negative effect on downstream water quality. By injecting or tilling nutrients into the soil, the dissolved reactive phosphorus concentration can be greatly reduced.
How you can achieve Right Place: Subsurface placement
A crop can more efficiently take up nutrients when it is placed under the soil surface and in a band. While this type of equipment can be costly, more efficient fertilizer placement can dramatically reduce input costs – to the point that equipment can be paid off in a few years from the savings.
On this episode of Field Day with Jordan Hoewischer, we talk to Ben Brown, formerly of Ohio State University’s CFAES Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics, about all things Ohio farm economy. We also wish Ben a hearty farewell as he moves onto another job at the University of Missouri.
On this episode of Field Day with Jordan Hoewischer, we talk to Dr. John Newton, Chief Economist at American Farm Bureau Federation about the latest involving ag trade, farm profitability and the overall future outlook for farm economics.
On this episode of Field Day with Jordan Hoewischer, we talk to Ben Brown, Assistant Professor of Professional Practice–Agricultural Risk Management in the College of Food, Agricultural & Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. Ben gives us a rundown on market updates, including grain marketing, trade with China and many other on-farm marketing decisions.
On this episode of Field Day with Jordan Hoewischer, we talk to Robert Moore and Kelly Brakefield Moore from Wright & Moore Law Co about estate plans and things to consider when wanting to transition farms and farmland from one generation to the next in the best possible way.
Ohio Farm Bureau’s Director of Water Quality and Research Jordan Hoewischer talks farm economy and federal tax reform with OSU Extension’s Barry Ward and Jack Irvin, OFBF senior director of state and national policy.