Dairy Nutrient Management Plan
Nutrient management is the practice of utilizing your on farm nutrients (manure) in a way that maximizes forage and crop growth, protects natural resources (soil, water, and air), and increases the efficiency and productivity of your farm. Manure should not be viewed as waste product, but rather as a valuable nutrient asset that when used responsibly, can increase the tilth and productivity of your soil, maximize crop and forage growth, and reduce the import of chemical fertilizer onto your farm.
The Objective of Nutrient Management
- Supply nutrients to plants in ways that will optimize forage and crop yields
- Minimize the entry of nutrients to surface and ground water as well as the air
- Maintain or improve the chemical and biological condition of soil
What Is Needed for Nutrient Management
- Systems for collecting, storing, and applying manure
- Nutrient analysis - Soil and manure testing
- Nutrient budgeting and balancing
- Record keeping
- Resource and critical area protection
- Adaptive management
Nutrient Management Tools
Thinking of applying manure? Start here:
- Manure Spreading Advisory Map - Click here for a map of the current risk associated with manrue applciaiton. Check here before you apply.
- Application Risk Management (ARM) - Looking to apply early this year? Is your lagoon full and you need emergency applciaiton help? Want to reduce your risk of having a runoff event? Start here with our Application Risk Management System and Field Assessment Steps!
- Manure Application Guidence - Every farmer should know the conditions that optimize their manure application and utilization. Get the most out of your applications while keeping your resources clean and safe by following the application guidence.
Part of properly managing your nutrients is knowing how to apply them in such a way that minimizes the risk of resource pollution, while also maximizes availability to plants. This ARM system was developed by WCD to help you through the process of properly assessing, managing, and reducing the risks associated with applying manure to your fields. The system is meant to be used in conjunction with your Nutrient Management Plan, which lays out the risks associated with your farm fields and how to individually manage them. The ARM analysis should be used year round, but is particularly important during periods of high risk (Oct-March).
This system expects to:
Links and Resources
- DAIReXNET - Click on the link to be directed to the eXtension website, which has a wealth of information, videos, and webcasts, on all different aspects of dairy farming including production, manure managemnt, regulations, water quality, and more.
- Post-harvest Soil Nitrate Testing for Manured Cropping Systems West of the Cascades (PDF)