NRCS REVISES NUTRIENT MANAGEMENT GUIDELINES
October 21, 2014
The Natural Resources Conservation Service has released nutrient management guidelines to reflect scientific advances and modern farming practices.
The Alabama Farmers Federation supports the efficient use of nutrients and welcomes the updated guidelines.
“Providing Alabama producers flexibility is the key,” said Federation Dairy, Pork and Poultry Division Director Guy Hall. “Producers in the state want to operate in a way that protects the soil and water resources. By providing producers with conservation options, they can select practices that will best fit in their operation.”
The nutrient management plan is used to help farmers save money and protect the environment by efficiently applying fertilizer and managing plant nutrition.
“It has been NRCS’ highest priority in revising this conservation practice standard in a way that will provide continued protection of ground and surface water, improve soil health and agriculture sustainability for the state of Alabama,” said state conservationist William Puckett.
The key points of the revised standards are:
Brings nutrient application in line with Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES) recommendations.
Eliminates the distinction between north Alabama and south Alabama and establishes a 30-day application standard prior to planting with additional fertilizer application during the growing season.
Takes advantage of Global Position Systems (GPS) and precision ag with regard to the amount of nutrients that can be applied.
Takes into account the latest scientific information and farming practices, like the application of alum and gypsum to poultry litter in determining the appropriate amounts of poultry litter that can be used as fertilizer.
For more information, contact your local NRCS office.