This session will equip participants with the knowledge and resources to complete their own Nutrient Management Plan (NMP), which describes the application of nutrients to meet crop needs while protecting water quality and improving soil health. The speakers will show how to determine a crop’s nutrient needs; credit sources of nutrients in the system such as cover crops, irrigation water and past soil management decisions; and determine the target nutrient application rate. Tools to support nutrient management, such as the soil nitrate quick test and small-scale on-farm trials will be discussed.
Ben Bowell, Oregon Tilth, NRCS West National Tech Support Center, Portland, OR;
Karen Lowell, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Salinas, CA.