Nutrient BMP CHALLENGE
 Using a side-by-side approach, find out first hand how Nutrient Best Management Practices (BMPs) can boost your bottom line. 

The NUTRIENT BMP CHALLENGE™ pays you cash if yield and income are reduced. You’ll save money, improve stewardship and sleep soundly. This is a great on-farm research opportunity—you can’t lose! Limit: up to 120 acres per farm.

Eligiblity

If you farm in Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania or Wisconsin and grow corn for grain or silage, you are eligible. Sweet corn, popcorn or corn planted for wildlife are not eligible. 

How Does the NUTRIENT BMP CHALLENGE Work?

BMPs are designed to save you money using your field history and soil test results to cut fertilizer costs and maintain yield.  Joining the CHALLENGE is easy:

Enroll one or more fields – before applying commercial fertilizer - by simply calling the BMP CHALLENGE at 608-663-4697 or Fax to 608-232-1530.  Or email us or complete and mail or fax the form on page 9 (see brochure).

You’ll apply your normal fertilizer rates to a check strip in each field you enroll. On the balance of the field, you’ll apply university-recommended BMP fertilizer rates for N, P and/or K with the help of your crop advisor and manage the entire field (check strip and balance) exactly the same way.  If you don’t have a crop advisor, we can find one for you.  If you are already applying fertilizer at BMP rates, we may be able to help you evaluate even lower rates using the side-by-side approach.

At harvest, you and your crop advisor will assess yield and contact us if you find a loss.  Your payment will be based on yield loss minus fertilizer savings.

Your income is guaranteed!
You will earn at least as much as using your typical fertilizer rate, and in most years, you’ll be putting more dollars in your pocket.  If you do earn more by taking the CHALLENGE, we will discuss your income increase with you and ask that you contribute 33% of your fertilizer savings – up to a maximum of $6 per acre.  This contribution ensures that other farmers will be able to experience the CHALLENGE.

You will earn at least as much as using your typical fertilizer rate, and in most years, you’ll be putting more dollars in your pocket.  If you do earn more by taking the CHALLENGE, we will discuss your income increase with you and ask that you contribute 33% of your fertilizer savings – up to a maximum of $6 per acre.  This contribution ensures that other farmers will be able to experience the CHALLENGE.

The CHALLENGE is backed by a commercial service agreement provided by Agflex, an Iowa corporation.  Agflex is not an insurance company and does not sell insurance. The CHALLENGE is not insurance and pays you only for losses due to nutrient insufficiency.

NUTRIENT BMP CHALLENGE -  Example, Corn Grown for Grain

 

CHECK STRIP

NUTRIENT BMP RATE

Amount of N applied

180 lbs/acre x $0.28/lb. = $50.40/acre

150 lbs/acre x $0.28/lb. = $42.00/acre

Amount of P applied

75 lbs/acre x $0.30 = $22.50/acre

35 lbs/acre x $0.30 = $10.50/acre

Amount of K applied

0 lbs/acre x $0 = $0/acre

0 lbs/acre x $0. = $0/acre

Total fertilizer cost

$72.90/acre

$52.50/acre

$72.90 - $52.50 = $20.40/acre fertilizer cost savings!

 

Situation 1: Yield loss w/ BMP

180 bu/acre x $2.20/bu = $396.00/acre

165 bu/acre x $2.20/bu = $363.00/acre

Net yield loss

$396.00 - $363.00 = $33.00/acre yield loss

Net economic return

$33.00 loss - $20.40 savings = $12.60/acre net loss

$12.60/acre performance guaranty paid to grower

 

Situation 2: Yield gain w/ BMP

180 bu/acre x $2.20/bu = $396.00/acre

190 bu/acre x $2.20/bu = $418.00/acre

Net yield gain

$418.00 - $396.00 = $22.00/acre yield gain

Net economic return

$22.00 gain + $20.40 savings = $42.40/acre net gain

$42.40/acre gain - $6/acre contribution = $36.40/acre net

 


= $3,640 on a 100 acre field!

TAKE THE CHALLENGE.  HOW MUCH CAN YOU SAVE?

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2007 Forms - Look for updates with new corn prices soon!

   Nutrient BMP CHALLENGE

               Nutrient BMP Challenge Application

               Nutrient BMP Challenge Check-Strip Form

               Nutrient BMP Challenge Net-Returns Form


Contact Nutrient BMP CHALLENGE


Contact Nutrient BMP CHALLENGE

Andrew Arlt
BMP CHALLENGE
1914 Rowley Ave.
Madison , Wisconsin  53726
Phone: 608 663-4497
Fax: 608 232-1530


 

Service Area

Statewide Program in:
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • Wisconsin