On the Radio: Iowa Nutrient Management Conservation Practice Standard 2013

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This week’s On the Radio segment covers the newly updated Iowa Nutrient Management Conservation Practice Standard. Listen to the audio below, or continue reading for the transcript.

New information is available for farmers in Iowa about nutrient management.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

After more than a year of taking comments, making carefully considered changes, and issuing updated drafts, the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service recently released their new Iowa Nutrient Management Conservation Practice Standard.

The document provides farmers guidance on managing the rate, source, placement, and timing of the application of nutrients and soil amendments.

This includes commercial fertilizer, animal manure, legume credits, green manure, and crop rotations. The Standard is updated every five years.

According to Eric Hurley, from Iowa NRCS, “The Practice Standard helps farmers plan nutrients for optimal crop production and fully utilize manure or organic byproducts as plant nutrient sources. It also protects water quality by minimizing agricultural nonpoint source pollution and helps improve soil health.”

To learn more about farming and the environment, visit iowaenvironmentalfocus.org.

From the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, I’m Jerry Schnoor.

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