Soil Fertility and Nutrient Management Short Course

February 19-20, 2019 | Ames, Iowa

An in-depth two-day course focused on understanding the principles of soils, soil fertility, and nutrient management for Iowa crop production.


  • Iowa soils and soil properties
  • Soil sampling and testing
  • Cation exchange
  • Soil pH and liming
  • Essential plant nutrients
  • Secondary and micronutrients
  • N management and products
  • Soil N dynamics, crop uptake, and diagnostic tools
  • P and K management
  • Environmental P and the Iowa P-Index
  • Site-specific management
  • Manure management

CCA credits

11.5 nutrient management and 1.0 soil and water management continuing education credits for Certified Crop Advisers will be available for this course, subject to CCA board approval. Iowa State University reserves the right to adjust credits based on approval or unavoidable speaker or agenda modifications.


The program for the 2019 course is currently in development. As a reference, the curriculum for last year's course is linked below.


Lee Burras

professor, Agronomy
Iowa State University

Joel DeJong

Extenison field agronomist
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

Antonio Mallarino

professor, Agronomy
Extension soil and nutrient management specialist
Iowa State University

John Sawyer

professor, Agronomy
Extension soil and nutrient management specialist
Iowa State University


February 19-20, 2019

Registration check-in 8:30 AM, February 19.
Program begins at 9:00 AM February 19 and concludes at 4:00 PM on February 20.


Hilton Garden Inn
1325 Dickinson Ave
Ames, IA 50014



Course registration, prior to midnight, February 11, 2019

Registration includes lunches, refreshment breaks and course reference binder.


Lodging is not included with course registration and is the responsibility of the attendee. A block of rooms will be available at the Hilton Garden Inn for this course. Additional details on reserving rooms will be posted in December.


  • Pre-registration is required to attend this course. Registrations must be received prior to midnight, February 11, 2019.
  • Class size is limited to 40 and pre-registration is required to attend. Registrations accepted on a first-come, first-paid basis. Registration will be closed if the course reaches capacity.
  • Requests for refunds must be received prior to midnight, February 11, 2019. Substitutions will be allowed.
  • Confirmation of registration is sent via email. Please provide a valid email address when registering


John Sawyer

John Sawyer
professor and Extension soil fertility specialist
(515) 294-7078

For assistance with registration, receipts, cancellation or questions on the status of your registration please contact ANR Program Services at (515) 294-6429 or