Agriculture is the major emitter of nitrous oxide, researchers sayThe 4Rs of nutrient stewardship can decrease emissions of the greenhouse gas nitrous oxide (N2O) anywhere from 20 to 40 per cent, according to research out of the University of Manitoba. “The vast majority of the nitrous oxide that is emitted is from agriculture,” said Mario Tenuta, professor of soil ecology at the University of
Manitoba Agriculture’s John Heard, applicator operator Rod Owen and Adam McKnight of Bud McKnight Seeds discussed in-crop nitrogen application in Carman, Man. farmer Tyler Russell’s cornfield June 28 during the 4R nutrient stewardship tour.
Manitoba is not like other agriculture areas looking to implement 4R, the room heard during the latest 4R Nutrient Stewardship training workshop in Brandon Feb. 23. The four Rs (right nutrient source applied at the right rate at the right time in the right place) form the backbone of Fertilizer Canada’s campaign to balance environmental
Manitoba’s 4R Nutrient Stewardship is heading online. The program, announced in 2013, is a shared undertaking by the Canadian Fertilizer Institute, Manitoba government and the Keystone Agricultural Producers. It aims to balance environmental and agricultural interests. Four years later, the initiative has expanded to encompass education and tracking online. Initially packaged exclusively through day-long accreditation workshops,
Farmers can learn about getting more bang for their fertilizer buck while protecting the environment at 4R nutrient management farm demonstration tours near MacGregor, Manitou and Morris July 6, 7 and 8, respectively. “The focus will be on wheat and soybeans,” Amanda Giamberardinon, Fertilizer Canada’s manager of 4R Nutrient Stewardship, said in an interview June