With low commodity prices predicted through next year, many farmers are looking for ways to trim costs. However, when it comes to fertilizer, experts suggested, producers should selectively manage inputs to maximize economic returns.

A workshop for those wanting to understand soil tests and fertilizer recommendations will be conducted at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 1, according to Fred M. Hall, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agent in Tarrant County. The program will be held at Russell Hall, 5708 Jacksboro Highway, Fort Worth.

 “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 that will maximize returns,” Hall said.

The registration fee is $15 and includes all handouts and one general continuing education unit for those holding a Texas Department of Agriculture applicators license.

Dr. Blake Bennett, AgriLife Extension agricultural economist in Dallas, will talk about maximizing fertilizer returns with current commodity prices. Hall will present information on the importance of taking a good soil sample.

Hall said even those who hire consultants to do soil testing and provide recommendations can still gain a good understanding of how to manage fertilizer use, which is one of the top three dollar-per-acre expenses on the farm.

“Knowledge gained from this program will likely allow a farmer to selectively reduce fertilizer costs while improving income,” Hall noted.

For more information or to register contact the AgriLife Extension office in Tarrant County at 817-884-1945. Registration also can be done online at http://agrilife.org/urbantarrantag/program-registration.