View our NMP Course Information flyer (PDF) to find out about our NMP course and when it will be offered again. Getting a head start on preparing for the January class is very important as some key things need to be completed in order to take the course including: 1) having a completed Land Treatment Plan (LTP), 2) having up-to-date soil samples (within 3 years), and 3) having an up-to-date manure sample (need yearly). You may also be eligible for grant funds through the Conservation District (RCPP funds) or NRCS (EQIP funds) to help pay for the development of your NMP. Call your local office for additional information.
Nutrient Management Planning (NMP) is the management of the amount, source, timing, and method of application (placement) of soil amendments and plant nutrients. Your NMP should help you: budget, supply, and conserve nutrients for plant production; properly utilize manure or oganic byproducts as a plant nutrient source; minimize agricultural nonpoint source pollution of surface and groundwater resources; protect air quality by reducing nitrogen emissions and odors; and maintain or improve your soil health conditions. In Vermont, all certified small farm operations and all permitted medium and large farm operations managing manure, agriculutral wastes, or fertilizer for use as nutrienet sources are required to implement a field-by-field nutrient management plan that follows the USDA NRCS NMP Code 590.
Vegetable Nutrient Management
In 2017, a one-day workshop was offered for vegetable growers of all scales, and highly recommended for RAPs compliance. At the end of the workshop, growers:
- Learned how the Required Agricultural Practices (RAPs) apply to their farm,
- Understand the impact excess nutrients have on the environment,
- Can interpret soil test results, calculate nutrients, and choose soil amendments, and
- Can draft a RAPs compliant nutrient management plan
Following are some related Vegetable NMP information.
- UVM Extension Vegetable Nutrient Management Computer Workbook (XLS) -- This is an Excel file that will work on computers with Microsoft Excel 1997–2003 or newer versions.
- Instructions for Creating a Vegetable/Fruit Nutrient Management Plan (pdf)
- Nutrient Management on Organic Vegetable Farms- Fertility Sources (pdf) by Wendy Sue Harper, NOFA-VT Vegetable and Fruit Technical Assistance Advisor
- Vegetable/ Fruit Nutrient Management Checklist (pdf)
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Articles and Manuals
- The Nutrient Recommendations for Field Crops in Vermont (pdf) was revised in March 2018.
- Vermont Phosphorus Index User Guide (pdf), version 6.0 updated October 2017.
- Effectiveness of Nutrient Management Plans on Vermont Dairy Farms by Heather Darby, Philip Halteman and Debra Heleba, published in the Journal of Extension in April 2015.
- Manage Nutrients Efficiently to Offset High Fertilizer Prices (pdf) by Heather Darby
- Maximizing Manure Nitrogen (pdf) by Heather Darby
- Use of Pasture Irrigation in Vermont (pdf) by UVM Extension Northwest Crops & Soils Program
- HGM Manual – Using High Glucosinolate Mustard as a Cover Crop to Reduce Weeds and Disease (pdf)
Videos and Webinar Recordings
- Step by Step Instruction on How to Take a Soil Sample (YouTube video), February 2018.
- Glucosinolate Mustard as a Biofumigant in Vegetable Systems – Part 2 (YouTube video), March 2017.
- Glucosinolate Mustard as a Biofumigant in Vegetable Systems (YouTube video), April 2016.
- Pod-Line Pasture Irrigation in the Northeast (YouTube video), January 2015.
- Nutrient Management Planning (YouTube video), February 2010.
- What Nutrient Management Planning Means to Dairy Farmers (YouTube video), November 2009.
- Adapt-N: A tool for adaptive nitrogen management in corn (webinar recording) Cornell University online training session, April 5, 2012.