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Nutrient Management Benefits

What are the benefits of managing your nutrients in a strategy or plan?

For Agricultural Operations:
  • Optimizes use of on-farm nutrients
  • Prevents excessive nutrient build up in soil
  • Reduces risk of environmental impact
  • Reduces fertilizer costs
  • Maintains soil health for successful crop production

For Non-Agricultural Operations:
  • Reduces the need for commercial fertilizers
  • Reduces production costs
  • Improves soil fertility
  • Enhances soil structure, moisture retention and soil permeability
  • Adds organic matter, reducing the potential for soil erosion

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  • Requirements for spreading to take place at specified minimum distance away from homes, wells and watercourses
  • Mandatory waiting periods after application before crops can be harvested or livestock allowed to graze.

Complete Nutrient Management Plan
Only those parts of a nutrient management plan that are required to demonstrate compliance will have to be submitted for approval or kept on file. The nutrient management plan that is required to be available for inspection and submitted for approval or certification should include, as necessary in the circumstances:
  • sign-off form
  • farm unit declaration form
  • copies of agreements
  • farm unit sketch
  • field sketches
  • soil test results
  • contingency plan
  • any additional documentation required for the nutrient management plan (such as yield documentation)
  • printouts from the NMAN program or workbook on the following:

Farm Unit Information
  • For each farm property, a Farm Information sheet (location, roll #, a statement whether a generator or not, name)
  • Manure/nutrient source summary
  • Manure/nutrient information (type, analysis, etc.)
  • Storage information (yearly amount, number of days of storage, amount remaining, and so on)
  • Manure/nutrient application graph (tracks total (all types), amount remaining) or other means to demonstrate that an adequate land base is available to match storage capabilities
  • Manure/nutrient application summary (for each field/section, the rate, amount, method, setback)
  • Manure storage sizing calculations
  • Field summary (field identifier, soil information, area, crop type, number of nutrient applications)
  • NMAN flag summary


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Mitchell, Ontario.

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First Steps of NMS/P

The first steps of Nutrient Planning are collecting information about your operation:

Field details:
  • location
  • cropping plans
  • sensitive features such as wells and ditches
Soil Sampling:
  • one composite for every 25 acres
  • composite has 20-25 cores
Manure Sampling
  • Consider differences throughout storage
  • Prepare to sample while emptying storage
  • Mix/agitate well
  • Combine many sub-samples, as storage is emptied in clean container
  • Take one sample representing either a section of the storage or a field that received manure.
  • Store in cool place