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November 2013

Welcome to Crop Quest Inc.'s blog! Our blog will be updated monthly with information about nutrient management, as well as updates about the company and what we do. 

Hello everyone, and hope you are all enjoying lovely fall weather and a bountiful harvest.

As we discussed, Nutrient Management Plans include information about how and where the nutrients (in manure) are applied to the land. It also includes details about environmentally sensitive features.

In October we discussed the nutrient balance on a farm and how that is affected by manure & fertilizer application rates and timing. This month we will look at the environmentally sensitive features that may be located on your farm, and how they will affect your cropping practices and your NM Plan.

Sensitive features on & around a farm include;

·         Wells (drilled, dug, municipal)

·         Tile inlets, Hickenbottoms, etc

·         Surface water (including any and all ditches, streams, ponds)

·         Non-Agricultural Land uses (woodlots, wetlands & Neighbouring properties)

Wells are sensitive not only due to that fact that contamination at the wellhead can compromise the water consumed from that well, but because they can act as a conduit carrying contaminants into the groundwater and spreading contamination. Different types of wells have different risks associated, and therefore the setback distances (the required distance surrounding a feature where you may not apply manure) vary depending on which type of well you have on or adjacent to your property.

Similarly to wells, tile inlets and hickenbottoms can be both a conduit to ground water and surface water and you need to be aware of their locations and adjust applications appropriately.

Surface water contamination is an issue due to the fact that it can be consumed for drinking water, affect fish and wildlife habitat, and more. It is important to keep our water clean and safe. Nutrient Management Planning helps you to take stock of the feature on your farm so you can apply manure and fertilizer without negatively impacting the natural environment.

In looking at other land uses, woodlots, wetlands, neighbours, it is important to recognise through your management practices you can have either a positive, neutral, or negative impact on those around you. WE will look at managing your impact on surrounding land uses next month.

I hope you are enjoying the start of winter, and that you and your families are healthy, dodging the cold & flu season. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me at any time.

 Amy VanStraaten
Communications & Media Relations
Certified Consultant / Planner


Crop Quest Inc.
Consultants Servicing all of Ontario
P.O. Box 357
74 Sylvia Street.
Mitchell, Ontario.

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Office: 519.348.1121
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