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October 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 previously discussed, a NM Plan is about how and where the nutrients (in manure) are applied to the land. It also includes details about environmentally sensitive features.

A Nutrient Management Plan begins by summarizing the total “utilization” of the manure generated on the farm over a 5-year period. (If 4500 tons of manure is generated by 160 beef cows, you must demonstrate how you will manage that manure, through land application, transfers, etc).  If you are transferring it to another farmer, you must have a signed transfer agreement to prove your intentions. If you are land applying the manure on land that you own or rent, you must complete a 5-year crop plan, showing what crop you will grow, what amounts of manure & fertilizer you will apply, and when.


In order to determine the nutrient balance (nutrients that the crops will remove, and nutrients that the fertilizer and manure will apply) you need to have an accurate picture of what you already have in your field. This includes soil series & texture, slope of the field, soil test values, including macronutrients, organic matter and pH.


As you put your Nutrient Management Plan together, you will begin to get a better understanding of how you could better utilize the nutrients in your manure. You will see when and if you have an excess of one of the macronutrients (Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Potassium), you can examine the changes that would occur should you switch your manure applications from fall to spring, and more.

Next month we will continue to discuss Nutrient Management Plans, and look at the sensitive features on and surrounding a farm, and how these may impact your nutrient management plan. Feel free to contact me with any questions!


Amy VanStraaten

Communications & Media Relations
Certified Consultant / Planner



Crop Quest Inc.
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P.O. Box 357
74 Sylvia Street.
Mitchell, Ontario.

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