This training series provides an introduction to the knowledge, skills, and abilities to plan, write, and certify Nutrient Management plans (CPS590). Additional training may be needed.

Skill
Practice Specific
Source

TTCP

Training Type
Online Learning
Location

United States

Notes

1. Knowledge of State's Crops and Cropping Systems

Title Description
Soybean Variety Selection What criteria should you use when selecting a soybean variety? How do the economics pencil out for different soybean maturities in your area? What disease traits should you be on the lookout for? Learn more through a discussion of these questions and trial results with Dr. Seth Naeve, Extension soybean agronomist and Dr. Dean Malvick, Extension plant pathologist.
Corn Hybrid Selection What criteria should you used when selecting a corn hybrid? How do hybrid maturities affect your bottom line? What about hybrid selection and disease resistance?  Watch the recording for answers to these questions and hybrid trial results with Dr. Jeff Coulter, Extension corn agronomist, Tom Hoverstad, Researcher from Southern Research and Outreach Center and Dr. Dean Malvick, Extension plant pathologist.
Soybean crop management in Wisconsin (soybeans, part 1/3) (Time: 12:35) This video discusses components contributing to yield in soybeans including varietal selection, regional climate and fertilization.
Vegetative Growth Stages of Soybeans (soybeans 2/3) (Time: 16:39) This video focuses on the early season growth and development of soybeans
R Stages, Soybean Management in Wisconsin (soybeans 3/3) (Time: 17:42)  This video focuses on the reproductive stages of growth and development of soybeans.
Corn yield in Wisconsin and the US (Corn, part 1/3) (Time:13:41) Dr. Joe Lauer's presentation about "Corn Growth, Development, and Physiology". This part (1 of 3) focuses on an overview of corn yield in Wisconsin and the US.
Corn growth and development staging systems (Corn, part 2/3) (Time 41:01) Dr. Joe Lauer's presentation about "Corn Growth, Development, and Physiology". This part (2 of 3) focuses on systems used to label stages of corn plant development in Wisconsin and the US.
Yield components of corn (corn, part 3/3) (Time 24:02)  Dr. Joe Lauer's presentation about "Corn Growth, Development, and Physiology". This part (3 of 3) focuses on the components that contribute to yield in corn.
Sugarbeets This website provides information on  growing sugarbeets and pest management for sugarbeets Minnesota.
Small Grains This website provides information on crop and variety selection, growing, harvest and storage, planting and pest management for small grains in Minnesota.

 

2. Knowledge of Soil Health and Management

Title Description
Winter Soil Health Virtual Series The Minnesota Soil Health Coalition produced a series of webinars in January and February of 2021.  These five webinars are:  Webinar 1: Soil Health Virtual Series: Matt Tiffany + Brian Pfarr  Webinar 2: Cover Crop Mixes with Tomm Cotter and TJ Kartes  Webinar 3:  Livestock Integration with Tom Cotter and Kent Solberg;  Webinar 4:  Small Grains with Andy Linder and Jochum Wiersma;  Interseeding Covers with Ed McNamara,  TJ Kartes, Scott Haase, Matt Alford and Jerry Ackerman
Climate Change and Adaptive Management for Agriculture A supplemental video for the 2021 Soil Health and Sustainability. Discussion of the impacts of climate change on agriculture and the adaptive management approach used by farmers and ranchers to adapt to climate change.
It's All About Carbon: Building a Thriving Soil Biological Community A supplemental video for the 2021 Soil Health and Sustainability. Dennis Chessman of NRCS gives a presentation on Soil Carbon at the 2018 National No-Tillage Conference.
Soil Health and Sustainability for Field Staff - Blended Delivery  Module 5:  Ecological Management Module 5 of 9 in the virtual portion of this blended training for 2021.  This training is designed to provide field-level conservationists and resource soil scientists with an overall understanding of soil health and sustainability principles to guide them with recommendations for land management. The training can be tailored by landuse or specialty emphasis area using modules for cropland, pasture, range, eastern forests, sod and nursery crops, organic specialty crops, and/or salinity and sodicity. Upon completion of this course participants will be able to evaluate soil health, have an understanding of soil quality/soil health indicators and their relationship to onsite/offsite effects of management; communicate soil health concerns to employees, partners and land managers through conservation technical assistance and planning that complies with national policy; and apply soil health and sustainability principles and conservation technology holistically to supply safe, healthy and abundant food and fiber and sustain ecosystem functions on agricultural lands.
Soil Health and Sustainability for Field Staff - Blended Delivery  Module 4:  Resource Concerns Module 4 of 9 in the virtual portion of this blended training for 2021.  This training is designed to provide field-level conservationists and resource soil scientists with an overall understanding of soil health and sustainability principles to guide them with recommendations for land management. The training can be tailored by landuse or specialty emphasis area using modules for cropland, pasture, range, eastern forests, sod and nursery crops, organic specialty crops, and/or salinity and sodicity. Upon completion of this course participants will be able to evaluate soil health, have an understanding of soil quality/soil health indicators and their relationship to onsite/offsite effects of management; communicate soil health concerns to employees, partners and land managers through conservation technical assistance and planning that complies with national policy; and apply soil health and sustainability principles and conservation technology holistically to supply safe, healthy and abundant food and fiber and sustain ecosystem functions on agricultural lands.
Soil Health and Sustainability for Field Staff - Blended Delivery  Module 2:  Soil Biology Module 2 of 9 in the virtual portion of this blended training for 2021.  This training is designed to provide field-level conservationists and resource soil scientists with an overall understanding of soil health and sustainability principles to guide them with recommendations for land management. The training can be tailored by landuse or specialty emphasis area using modules for cropland, pasture, range, eastern forests, sod and nursery crops, organic specialty crops, and/or salinity and sodicity. Upon completion of this course participants will be able to evaluate soil health, have an understanding of soil quality/soil health indicators and their relationship to onsite/offsite effects of management; communicate soil health concerns to employees, partners and land managers through conservation technical assistance and planning that complies with national policy; and apply soil health and sustainability principles and conservation technology holistically to supply safe, healthy and abundant food and fiber and sustain ecosystem functions on agricultural lands.
Soil Health and Sustainability for Field Staff - Blended Delivery  Module 1:  Intro to Soil Health Module 1 of 9 in the virtual portion of this blended training for 2021.  This training is designed to provide field-level conservationists and resource soil scientists with an overall understanding of soil health and sustainability principles to guide them with recommendations for land management. The training can be tailored by landuse or specialty emphasis area using modules for cropland, pasture, range, eastern forests, sod and nursery crops, organic specialty crops, and/or salinity and sodicity. Upon completion of this course participants will be able to evaluate soil health, have an understanding of soil quality/soil health indicators and their relationship to onsite/offsite effects of management; communicate soil health concerns to employees, partners and land managers through conservation technical assistance and planning that complies with national policy; and apply soil health and sustainability principles and conservation technology holistically to supply safe, healthy and abundant food and fiber and sustain ecosystem functions on agricultural lands.
Latest Resources on Soil Health Discovery Farms Programs in Wisconsin and Minnesota are excited to bring to you a virtual conference series this winter. Join us as we cover topics like water quality, soil health, climate change, and more!
Mitigating Climate Change Through the Soil Carbon Sponge Discovery Farms Programs in Wisconsin and Minnesota are excited to bring to you a virtual conference series this winter. Join us as we cover topics like water quality, soil health, climate change, and more!
Core Competency: Soil Health Basics This course will provide an introduction to soil health, dynamic soil properties, and sustainability principles to guide participants with recommendations for land management.
Nutrients, Soil Biology and Diversity in Agroecosystems (Time: 1:55) Nutrients, Soil Biology and Diversity in Agroecosystems (2/3) webinars are prerequisites for the Minnesota Soil Health Field Day and Minnesota Soil Health Classroom Training to meet the Soil Health and Sustainability Training requirements of the Apprentice Conservation Planner and Certified Conservation Planner curricula.
Tech Talk Replay: Fertilization in a Soil Health System Tech Talk Replay from August 24 at 1:00. Dr. Daniel Kaiser (UMN Extension) and Dorian Gatchel discuss fertilizer considerations in soil health systems.
Understanding Soil Quality Impacts on Soil Functions and Other Resource Concerns (Time: 1:18) Participants learn about nutrient management and healthy soils, and the resulting effects on water quality through a study of mechanisms for increasing soil organic matter, providing habitat for soil microorganisms, and improving soil quality.
The Relevance of Soil Biology in Assessing Fertility and Soil Health (Time:1:22:00) Participants will learn how soil biology directly and indirectly influence crop growth and nutrient cycling, along with methods for measuring biological activity in soil and interpreting soil respiration to understand nutrient availability. This webinar will provide information on how soil health can be measured in a lab, along with plant available nutrients and the importance of accounting for both the organic and inorganic forms of N, P, and K.
Bringing Your Tests to Life, Part 1 Nicole Masters of Integrity Soils discusses how to measure and determine what is being accomplished through regenerative farming practices.
Bringing Your Tests to Life, Part 2 Ryan Dennhardt of Ward Laboratories hosts a discussion for part 2 of "Bringing Your Tests to Life"
Tech Talk Replay: Equipment Modifications for Cover Crops Tech Talk Replay from August 24 at 9:00 am. NRCS State Soil Health Specialist Kristin Brennan hosts a farmer panel including Brady Wulf of Starbuck,  Ryan Hough of Barnesville, and David Miller of Red Lake to discuss equipment modifications they have made to facilitate the integration of a soil health system into their farming operations.
Tech Talk Replay: Evaluating Herbicide Plans in a Soil Health System Tech Talk Replay from August 10, 2020. Liz Stahl, UMN Extension, reviews the latest research and information regarding the impacts of weed management decisions on the potential for successful establishment of cover crops, cover crop end uses, and the tradeoffs we can expect in our weed management program. Following the presentation is a facilitated discussion with crop advisors.
Soil Health Test for Monitoring Midwest Soils As part of the Soil Health Nexus Digital Cafe Series, Eileen Kladivko from Purdue University presents “Soil Health Tests for Monitoring Midwest Soils”. This presentation was originally broadcast on April 29, 2020.

Midwestern farmers, advisors, and conservation staff are wanting to use soil health tests, both in-field assessments and commercial laboratory tests, to assess and monitor soil health. Interpretations of commercial laboratory tests are difficult and not usually as clear-cut as we would hope. We will talk about how to best use these assessments and what their utility and limitations are, based on a study conducted in Indiana on cooperating farmers’ fields and Purdue research farms.
Soil Health & Sustainability for Field Staff Training Resources A compilation of recorded webinars and other resources provided as part of the Soil Health and Sustainability for Field Staff training in 2019.
How to use Haney Tests The Haney test tries to assess biological activity in your soil. The results include many different metrics representing microbial activity and food sources. Dr. Anna Cates, state soil health specialist, guides you through how the various measurements are done and how to interpret your results.  Liz Stahl, Extension Educator in Crops,  discusses U of MN research comparing results of the Haney Test to standard soil testing procedures, and the implications if one were to use the Haney test in determining fertilizer needs.
MN NRCS Soil Health Training Resources (Time will vary) This is a set of 30+ soil health related training resources that is maintained by MN NRCS.
Disturbance, Grazing and Economics (Time: 1:48) Disturbance, Grazing and Economics (3/3) webinars are prerequisites for the Minnesota Soil Health Field Day and Minnesota Soil Health Classroom Training to meet the Soil Health and Sustainability Training requirements of the Apprentice Conservation Planner and Certified Conservation Planner curricula.
Introduction to Soil Health (Time: 1:50)  Introduction to soil health (1/3) webinars are prerequisites for the Minnesota Soil Health Field Day and Minnesota Soil Health Classroom Training to meet the Soil Health and Sustainability Training requirements of the Apprentice Conservation Planner and Certified Conservation Planner curricula.
Unlock the Secrets in the Soil A series of 41 videos, mostly under five minutes each that discuss various soil health topics and applications of soil health principles.
Core NRCS Conservation Practices for Enhancing Soil Health (Time: 1:10) This webinar focuses on how several core NRCS conservation practices can be used by farmers to improve soil health, linking them to the four soil health planning principles, i.e. minimizing disturbance, maximizing diversity, keeping a living root growing, and maintaining residue cover.
Soil Quality - the Foundation for Resource Management (Time: 1:55)  Participants in the webinar learn about Natural Resources Conservation Service conservation planning principles to improve soil health and the impact soil health has on other resource concerns, such as water quality.
Soil Health (Time: 57:21)  In this session, Dr. Jessica Gutknecht discusses soil health. When you think about the soil beneath your feet, or beneath your tractor, what does it mean for it to be healthy? What does it take for it to be healthy, and what are the results of those efforts? In this talk, we will explore the world below with a brief introduction to soils, how soil structure is built into a healthy soil, and some management options for building a healthy soil. We will also discuss the win-win of soil health for sustainable management and for adaptation to increasingly variable Minnesota weather and climate.
Soil Health and New Soil Testing Methods (Time: 1:47:00)  This webinar will give participants an overview of soil health and new soil testing tools for N-P-K that take into account the contribution of soil microbes, allowing producers to make informed nutrient management decisions, and it includes a discussion of the USDA NRCS Soil Health Nutrient Tool Project.

Participants will learn how soil microbes control nutrient availability to plants, and how management can influence this dynamic. The importance of carbon in the soil ecosystem, C:N ratios, limitations of traditional soil tests, and new methods for measuring the contribution of soil microbes to nutrient availability and cycling will be discussed.
Building your Soil Structure (Time: 19:45)  Hal Weiser, USDA, discusses how to improve soil structure and soil biology to maximize crop production.
Living Soil Film (Time 1:00:22) Our soils support 95 percent of all food production, and by 2060, our soils will be asked to give us as much food as we have consumed in the last 500 years. They filter our water. They are one of our most cost-effective reservoirs for sequestering carbon. They are our foundation for biodiversity. And they are vibrantly alive, teeming with 10,000 pounds of biological life in every acre. Yet in the last 150 years, we’ve lost half of the basic building block that makes soil productive. The societal and environmental costs of soil loss and degradation in the United States alone are now estimated to be as high as $85 billion every single year. Like any relationship, our living soil needs our tenderness. It’s time we changed everything we thought we knew about soil.

 

3. Ability to Use Wind and Water Erosion Prediction Tools

 

4. Knowledge of Tillage Systems Used in the State

Title Description
Nutrient and Pest Management Equipment This short course looks at application equipment you may see in corn and soybean producing areas.
Harvesting Equipment This short course looks at harvesting equipment you may see in corn and soybean producing areas.
Seeding and Planting Equipment This course will review seeding and planting equipment used in a corn/soybean setting.
Tillage Implements A review of tools for estimating erosion, primary and secondary tillage equipment, and the effects of the equipment on erosion calculations, SCI and STIR.

 

5. Knowledge of Synthetic Fertilizers and Analysis

  • See Nutrient Management Training Modules below

 

6. Knowledge of Manure Characteristics and Nutrient Values

  • See Nutrient Management Training Modules below

 

7. Completion of the Nutrient Management Planning Course

 

8. Ability to Perform Nitrogen and Phosphorus Risk Assessments

  • See Nutrient Management Training Modules below

Nutrient Management Training Modules

Title Description
Nutrient Management Module 1: Orientation to Minnesota's Nutrient Management Training Series This webinar is the first in Minnesota's nutrient management training series. It includes a review of soil fertility concepts, overarching policies, rules and laws, nutrient management planning resources, review of the 4Rs, and the Steps in Nutrient Budgeting.
Nutrient Management Module 2: Planning for Sensitive Features This self-paced material regarding sensitive features for nutrient management planning includes:
What are the resource concerns?
Why do we develop nutrient management plans and sensitive feature setback maps?
What makes a feature sensitive for nutrient management?
Tech Talk Replay: Nutrient Management Module 3: Using Spatial Layers for Sensitive Features Tech Talk Replay from June 8, 2020. Laurie Svien reviews the sensitive features spatial layers, Agronomy Tech Note 32, and other resources used to develop nutrient management plans when sensitive features are present.
Tech Talk Replay:  Nutrient Management Module 5: Nitrogen Tech Talk Replay from August 31. Larry Gunderson, Travis Hirman, and Kevin Hauth from MDA review the nitrogen considerations for nutrient management planning. This session covers current impairments, loss pathways, ground water protection rules, nitrogen loss assessments, and practices to reduce movement.
Nutrient Management Module 5b: Nitrogen Loss Risk Assessment Kelly Voigt, TTCP Training Conservationist, demonstrates the process to complete the Field Nitrogen Loss Risk Assessment worksheet.
Tech Talk: Nutrient Management Module 6a: Water Quality and Nutrients Dave Wall, MPCA discusses water nutrient conditions around the state and why these conditions vary.  In addition he also reviews how water nnutirent levels have been changing over time.
Tech Talk: Nutrient Management Module 6b: Minnesota Nutrient Reduction Strategy Dave Wall, MPCA discusses the Minnesota Nutrient Reduction Strategy.  What is it all about and how much progress are we making.
Tech Talk Replay: Nutrient Management Module 7: Manure Tech Talk Replay from July 27, 2020. Join George Schwint, MPCA, covers nutrient management planning with manure. George will reviews County and State permitting, manure testing, credits, current impairments, loss pathways, feedlot and land application rules, and practices to reduce movement.
Nutrient Management Module 8 In this brief module, Lawrence Svien, TTCP Training Conservationist discusses developing alternatives during the conservation process generally and erosion control practices for nutrient management planning specifically.  
Tech Talk Replay: Nutrient Management Module 9: Waste Storage Design Related Inventory Tech Talk Replay from July 6, 2020. Patrick Schultz discusses the planning criteria, site information, and details needing to be inventoried for both nutrient management plans and manure storage design considerations with the goal of aligning the Nutrient Management Plan and the Manure Storage Design into a cohesive management system.
Nutrient Management Module 9a - Inventory Jeff King, NRCS Water Quality Specialist, walks participants through all of the considerations for inventorying an operation for nutrient management: producer's objectives, operation delineation, plan maps, cropping history, realistic yield goals, nutrient sources, rates, timing, and placement.
Tech Talk: Nutrient Management Module 10: Soil Sampling and Testing Brad Carlson, UMN Extension, reviews soil sampling requirements for nutrient management planning. This session covers how to collect samples, where samples are analyzed, and what samples are tested for.
Nutrient Management Module 11:  Manure Sampling, Testing and Crediting Jeff King, NRCS Water Quality Specialist, describes the requirements for manure sampling and testing and how to calculate manure nutrient credits. He also demonstrates the worksheets for recording manure related inventory and nutrients for the 590 nutrient management practice standard.
Nutrient Management Module 12 - Nutrient Recommendations 1 Part 1 Brad Carlson, Dr. Dan Kaiser, Anne Nelson, UofM Extension Educators presents an abbreviated Nitrogen Smart Course
Nutrient Management Module 12 - Nutrient Recommendations 1 Part 2 Brad Carlson, Dr. Dan Kaiser, Anne Nelson, UofM Extension Educators presents an abbreviated Nitrogen Smart Course
Tech Talk Replay: Nutrient Management Module 13 - Nutrient Recommendations Dr. Daniel Kaiser, UMN Extension, discusses soil sampling and using the results when making fertilizer recommendations for phosphorus and potassium. Dr. Kaiser also touches on micronutrient considerations in cropping systems.
Nutrient Management module 14a - Delineating the Livestock Operation This self paced module covers the policy and considerations for delineating a livestock operation for purposes of writing a nutrient management plan.  It includes land ownership and control considerations, manure sources that need to be included and describes when manure transfer agreements are required.
Nutrient Management module 14b - Determining the Acres Needed to Utilize Manure This self paced module covers the policy and considerations for determining the number of acres that are needed to utilize manure produced by a livestock operation.  It includes considerations of nutrients contained in the manure, crop nutrient needs and total acres available for manure spreading.  The use of the minimum acreage calculation tool is demonstrated.