University of Maryland Extension

Agricultural Nutrient Management Program

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Asian Pears

Q. I am writing a nutrient management plan for a client who is growing Asian pears. NM-5 , "Nutrient Management for Tree Fruits and Small Fruits," does not include recommendations for Asian pears. Should I use the recommendations for pears? ( Posted November 8, 2007 ) A. Asian pears are quite...


Q. A client of mine grows currants. I do not see a recommendation for currants in NM-5 , "Nutrient Management for Tree Fruits and Small Fruits." Can you advise me as to how I can develop a recommendation for currants? ( Posted November 8, 2007 ) A. Currants (Ribes) are similar in growth habit and...

New Apple Cultivars

Q. I have a client who is growing some new cultivars of apples not listed in NM-5 , "Nutrient Management for Tree Fruits and Small Fruits." Can you tell me what cultivar category (soft, fresh market, or processed) the following cultivars would be classified as: GingerGold, HoneyCrisp, Pink Lady? (...

Soil Test for Pasture

Q. Are soil tests required for pastures in situations where no fertilizer or lime is applied? ( Posted June 6, 2003 ) A. Yes, soil samples are needed. Essentially, nutrients are being applied in the form of manure from the animals. It is not necessary to generate a nutrient recommendation for...

Is It a Pasture or a Heavy-Use Area?

Q. I'm writing a plan for a horse boarding operation. The operation has 13 horses on 2 acres of land. The owner says that the horses are on pasture 24/7, except for cold weather months (November through February) when they are confined overnight. He calls the area "pasture" but I'm not so sure...

Pasture Issues

Is it a pasture or a heavy-use area? Soil test for pasture?

N Credits for Green Beans

Q. My client raises vegetables. Do I need to give nitrogen credits for green beans? ( Posted June 6, 2003 ) A. No. Green beans are a short season crop that receive nitrogen fertilizer at planting. The N fertilization suppresses the plants' ability to fix nitrogen; therefore a nitrogen credit is not...

Soybean - Sudangrass when Harvested

Q. Last year a farmer had a field planted in 50% forage soybeans and 50% sudangrass. The crop was taken off as silage. Should any nitrogen credits be taken for the beans? ( Posted April 21, 2004 ) A. Given that the cover crop is mixed grass-legume AND is harvested, no credit is recommended.


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