This page focuses on plan formats and content. Visit the “Standards and Policy page” of this website for NRCS nutrient management guidance. Visit the “Plant Nutrient Requirements” page for procedures used to estimate plant nutrient needs. Visit the “Environmental Assessment” page for procedures used to determine sensitive areas that must be considered when managing nutrients. Visit the “Manure Management Page” for guidance on determining plant available food from manure.
These documents require Adobe Acrobat or Microsoft Word.
USDA-NRCS-Minnesota Nutrient Management Planning Policy (pdf; 300 KB)
Minnesota Amendment to National Planning Procedure Handbook (NPPH). Describes nutrient management and comprehensive nutrient management planning procedures. This policy is located on the Standards and Policy sub-page of this website
Nutrient Management Planner for Minnesota
This software calculates crop nutrient needs and plant food available from manure. It allows the user to develop custom nutrient management plans or plans that meet USDA-NRCS requirement. One version 3.0 runs in Access 2003. Another version runs in Access 2007.
Manure Management Planner Spreadsheet
This computer spreadsheet can be used to develop a manure management plan that meets State of Minnesota feedlot rule requirements. see “Computer Tools for Planning and Record-Keeping” However, it does not contain all reports or recommendations needed for an NRCS nutrient management plan. These additional reports would have to be appended to the spreadsheet reports.
Inventory and Evaluation Worksheets and Forms for Appendices of Baseline Plans including CNMPs. Analogous versions of these worksheets and forms can be found in the Nutrient Management Planner for Minnesota software.
NRCS-Land Spreading Agreement (pdf; 34 KB)
Necessary permissions must be obtained for manure applications on land not owned or controlled by the EQIP program participant. The permissions must be in writing and indicate that the manure recipient will apply or allow others, including the EQIP program participant, to apply manure according to NRCS requirements.
CNMP Rotational Crop Nutrient Budgets(doc; 112 KB) 5/09
Used to calculate generic crop specific nutrient rate recommendations prior to construction of manure storage or handling systems. A separate form is needed for each crop in the rotation.
Rotational Crop Nutrient Management Plan(xls; 31 KB) 5/09
Similar to rotational crop nutrient budgets but calculations are not shown and multiple crops and cropping scenarios are entered on the same form.