Workshops to maximize economic returns to fertilizer expense

With low commodity prices predicted through next year, many farmers are looking to trim costs. For fertilizer, don't simply trim overall costs but rather selectively maximize economic returns to fertilizer expense. ISU Extension is conducting small-group workshops for those wanting to understand soil tests and fertilizer recommendations.
"We will take a step-by-step approach on understanding what to test for, how labs provide test results, and how to turn those results into fertilizer rates", says Brian Lang, agronomist with ISU Extension. Even if you already have soil testing and recommendations hired out to an agri-business, in two hours you can still gain a very good understanding of how to manage one of the top three dollar per acre expenses on your farm.
Knowledge gained from this program will likely allow you to selectively reduce fertilizer costs while improving income. The two-hour program is free but seating is limited, so please RSVP to the County ISU Extension office location listed below that you wish to attend. For more details about the program content, contact Brian Lang at (563) 387-7058 or

  • Dec. 18, 10 a.m. to Noon, Dubuque Co. Extension office, 14858 West Ridge Lane, Dubuque, (563) 583-6496
  • Dec. 21, 1 to 3 p.m., Clayton Co. Extension office, 120 South Main Street, Elkader, (563) 245-1451
  • Dec. 22, 10 a.m. to Noon, Delaware Co. Extension office, 1417 North Franklin Street, Manchester, (563) 927-4201
  • Dec. 28, 10 a.m. to Noon, Allamakee Co Extension office, 210 Seventh Avenue SE, Waukon, (563) 568-6345
  • Dec. 29, 10 a.m. to Noon, Winneshiek Co. Extension office, 325 Washington Street, Decorah, (563) 382-2949
  • Dec. 30, 1 to 3 p.m., Chickasaw Co. Extension office, 104 East Main Street, New Hampton, (641) 394-2174
  • Jan. 4, 10 a.m. to Noon, Howard Co. Extension office, 132 First Avenue West, Cresco, (563) 547-3001
  • Jan. 5, 1 to 3 p.m., Fayette Co. Extension office, 218 South Main Street, Fayette, (563) 568-6345