Soil nutrient management is a body of practices that aim to optimize crop yield and quality, minimize nutrient input costs and protect soil and water resources.
Understanding the principles behind nutrient management and incorporating them into farm practice is sound environmental and economic strategy.
Sustainable Management of Nutrients on the Landscape for In-Field Livestock Winter Feeding Systems
Variable Rate Nutrient Application
With global positioning system (GPS) technology one can apply different rates of fertilizer to different areas within the same field. However, there are important questions such as, determining what the optimum nutrient rate should be. The publication "Variable Rate Nutrient Application: Should I Consider It For My Farm?" provides insights to help producers understand this practice, and enable them to make an informed decision on whether to invest in technology and services to implement variable rate.
Farm Environmental Management Survey
Manure from livestock is an important source of nutrients for crops. In conjunction with the Census of Canada, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and Statistics Canada conduct a survey to measure changing trends in agricultural practice. The report Manure Management on Cropland: Farm Environmental Management Survey (FEMS) 2006 provides information and interpretations on how manure can be managed on cropland.