nutrient management

What is a "balanced diet" for plants?

Farmer and consultant meet in a field of strawberries
(Photo credit: Image # K9186-1 by Scott Bauer, USDA-ARS ) Recently a farmer asked me the following question: “I read an article that suggested using a ‘balanced’ fertilizer. What does that mean? Does ‘balanced’ mean the N, P, and K should be the same?” This is confusing, because different people...

Manure to Energy Byproducts are Useful Nutrient Sources

Manure is a great fertilizer for nutrient-poor soils. However, when transport costs limit utilization, alternative uses such as energy production become viable. In most cases, manure-to-energy practices produce nutrient-rich byproducts that can be used as a soil amendment. While nitrogen (N) may be...
This edition of the Lower Eastern Shore news contains information on irrigation workshops, nutrient management advisor training and growing with grains.More info

Evening Equine Pasture Management Seminar

Thursday, Apr. 20, 2017 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Baltimore County Extension Office
University of Maryland Extension is offering an evening equine seminar focused on nutrient management and pasture management. Speakers include Dr. Amy Burk, equine specialist at the University of Maryland; she will be speaking on setting up and managing a rotational grazing system. Dr. Lester Vough...

Nutrient Management Voucher Training--Harford County

Friday, Mar. 31, 2017 - 9:00am to 11:00am
Harford County Extension Office
Growers applying nutrients to 10 or more acres are required to attend a 2-hour training course every three years. This course will satisfy MDA renewal credits. Growers seeking first-time vouchers may attend and will be required to stay an additional few minutes after the meeting for additional...

Soil pH Affects Nutrient Availability

Soils are composed of mineral and organic matter. Weathered rocks provide soil minerals, while organic matter forms from decayed animal and plant residues. An important component of healthy soil, organic matter helps maintain and improve soil’s physical condition. Some of these benefits include...

PSI, PMT, and the Tier System: What You Need to Know

The Phosphorus Site Index (PSI) and the Phosphorus Management Tool (PMT) are tools used to determine the risk for phosphorus runoff into nearby waterways. The PSI has been used for many years on fields with a Fertility Index Value (FIV) of 150 or greater. This is used to determine the safety of...
Maryland Department of Agriculture and its partners at the University of Maryland Extension will hold three workshops in July to provide dairy farmers with financial risk management information and...

Pre-sidedress Nitrate Testing: Crucial for Corn!

Soil nitrogen levels are very important for crop health and yields, especially when growing corn grain or corn silage. Fertilizer recommendations that are generated for a field that had a previous forage legume crop or manure application assume a significant nitrogen contribution from the previous...

Nutrient Management Update

Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016 - 9:15am to 3:15pm
National Wildlife Visitors Center, Laurel, Maryland
MDA has scheduled a continuing ed update on regulatory issues. Registration Information TBA

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