University of Maryland Extension

Uses for Your Nutrient Management Plan (Other Than a Doorstop)

Yes, the prime use for the nutrient management plan is to generate nutrient and lime recommendations for crops and pasture fields. Yet this document is designed to organize a number of other useful information. Learn to use this tool and you will find yourself referring to it when filling out report forms as well as tracking fields in need of soil analysis. Most of these location points will help in filling out the Annual Implementation Reports (AIR). You should have received this year’s form from Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) which are due March 1st. The following are a few key reference information locations:

  • Acres of operation. This is found in the cover letter under “Brief Description of Operation” and later under “Farm Identification Summary”.
  • Duration of plan. The beginning and end dates of the nutrient management plan are on the front of the cover letter, on the “Plan Update Requirements” page, and on the front of the binder. This is needed when filling out the Annual Implementation Report (AIR).
  • Tax account ID numbers. This is found in the cover letter under “Farm Identification Summary”. This is needed for the Annual Implementation Report (AIR) when removing a rented property from the operation.
  • Nutrient management consultant information. This is in the cover letter on the second to the last page. You will find the name, certification number, as well as the license number all needed for the Annual Implementation Report (AIR).
  • Soil test results. This page is at the beginning of the plan. The fourth column gives the test date of the soil analysis. This is very helpful to quickly identify fields in need of new soil analyses.
  • Manure information. There is a chart in the cover letter identifying animal numbers as well as the amount of manure generated and collected.
  • Fertilization recommendations. These are found under the “Fertilizer Recommendations” tab and are given in pounds per acre.
  • Manure nutrient recommendations. After the fertilization only recommendations will be recommendations for fields receiving organic application. This page lists the rate of application for the manure as well as the nutrients given from the application in pounds per acre. This information is needed in filling out the AIR.
  • Record keeping. If you have kept records of applications through the year, this could be your prime source of information for filling out forms. Remember, if you do not make any fertilizer or manure applications, write “nothing applied” on the forms.


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