University of Maryland Extension

Agricultural Nutrient Management Program

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Pastures

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...

Nutrient Management Plan Submission

Q. What information from the nutrient management plan do I need to send to MDA? ( Posted July 6, 2009 ) A. When the plan is developed, the operator needs to submit: a signed MDA reporting form a summary of nutrient recommendations which includes all fields and crops, crop yield goals, and nutrients...

Justification for Additional N & P Applications

Q. A producer-client has always applied 60 pounds of phosphate to his vegetable fields. All of his vegetable fields have FIV-P's greater than 150. The crop removal is never as high as 60 pounds for any of the vegetable crops. What can I do? ( Posted April 21, 2004 ) A. Follow the UME...

Expiration of Soil Tests

Q. I’m developing a client’s plan for wheat so he can participate in the commodity cover crop program. His soil tests will be 3 years old in November. Can I use these soil tests for this plan? (Posted August 9, 2011) A. Soil test expiration should be treated the same way as nutrient management...

Educational Exemptions

Q. Many high school vocational agriculture programs have greenhouses for instructional purposes. They may also raise bedding plants for fundraising to help finance trips. Are these types of operations required to have a nutrient management plan? ( Posted April 1, 2003 ) A. Under MDA's regulations,...

Slaughter/Feed

Q. What are slaughter/feed cattle? A. The original language was taken from the EPA definition which governed at the time. The current wording is feed cattle meaning beef production as opposed to dairy cattle. ( Source: Louise Lawrence, Office of Resource Conservation, MD Dept. of Agriculture )

Calculating Animal Units

Q. Does the 8,000 lb animal weight limit apply to any specific time of the year or any time during the year? A. It is the maximum pounds of animal weight on the operation for any time during the course of the calendar year. ( Source: Louise Lawrence, Office of Resource Conservation, MD Dept. of...

Non-Ag Animals (Kennels and Biomedical Facilities)

Q. Are nutrient management consultants required to do plans for dog kennels and biomedical research facilities under the new regulations? A. No. Dog kennels and biomedical research facilities are not considered "agricultural operations." Waste management for these types of facilities is under the...

Definition of Animal Operations

Non-Ag Animals (Kennels & Biomedical Facilities) Calculating Animal Units Slaughter/Feed Cattle

CREP Acres Only (No Cropland)

Q. I don't actively farm my land; however, I receive more than $2,500 in income due to CREP payments. Do I still need a nutrient management plan? ( Posted May 20, 2003 ) A. No. MDA has developed an exemption form for situations such as this. Contact your regional MDA office and they can provide you...

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