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Nutrient Management Planning

Updated 09/16/2013

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.

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Planning Guidance

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

Components of a Nutrient Management Plan  (pdf; 84 KB)
Brochure describing similarities between MPCA’s Manure Management Plans and NRCS Nutrient Management Plans.

Plan Component Checklist  (doc; 149 KB)  5/09
(USDA-NRCS Minnesota Form MN-ECS-015)
NRCS list used to check nutrient management plans.

State Manure Management Plan Requirements (pdf; 68 KB)
 (Minnesota Pollution Control Agency)

Planning Software

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.

Purdue University Manure Management Planner
This web-based tool can be used for nutrient management planning purposes. However it currently provides some but not all reports required by NRCS in Minnesota.

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.
 

 

Sample Nutrient Management Plans

Baseline Plan for Livestock Farm (pdf; 2.1 MB)
Used when producer is only requesting advice for land application of commercial fertilizer and manure.

Baseline Plan for Non-livestock farm (pdf; 259 Kb)
Used when producer is only requesting advice for land application of commercial fertilizer

Annual Plan (pdf; 223 KB)
Used in years following development of baseline plans or CNMPs. Provide field specific nutrient application recommendations. Reviewed annually and updated as necessary.
 


Plan Templates
Analogous versions of plan templates can be found in the Nutrient Management Planner for Minnesota software.

EQIP 1st Year Nutrient Management-NRCS Jobsheet 590b (doc; 140 KB)

Baseline Nutrient Management Plan for Livestock Operations (doc; 886 KB)  5/09

Baseline Plan for Operations without Livestock (doc; 966 KB)  5/09

Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan (CNMP) (docx; 556 KB) 12/12

Annual Field Nutrient Management Plan Table of Contents (doc; 46 KB)  5/09
Used with Annual Field Nutrient Management Plan.

Annual Field Nutrient Management Plan- NRCS form MN-CPA-023  (doc; 114 KB)  5/09
Used for field specific nutrient budgeting and recommendations. Analogous form is found in the Nutrient Management Planner for Minnesota software.

Annual Farm Nutrient Management Plan-NRCS form MN-CPA-38 (xls; 34 KB)  5/09
Contains recommendations for multiple fields. Analogous form is found in the Nutrient Management Planner for Minnesota software.

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.

Field Nitrogen Loss Assessment (doc; 140 KB)
Also found on Environmental Assessment sub-page of this nutrient management web-site.

Field Phosphorus Loss Assessment (doc; 96 KB)
Also found on Environmental Assessment sub-page of this nutrient management web-site.

Nutrient Application Restrictions in Sensitive Areas (pdf; 92 KB)  5/09
Also found on Environmental Assessment sub-page of this nutrient management web-site.

Soil Sampling Fact Sheet (pdf; 187 KB)
Also found on the Management-Plant Nutrient Requirements sub-page of this web-site

Manure Sampling Fact Sheet (pdf; 70 KB)
Also found on the Management-Manure sub-page of this web-site.

Farming Practices Inventory- NRCS Form MN-CPA-40 (pdf; 825 KB)
Used when working with client the 1st time to determine general farming practices. Also used to list sensitive areas on planning acreage

Cropping History and Soil Fertility Inventory- NRCS Form MN-CPA-41 (pdf; 781 KB)
Used when working with client the 1st time to gather information needed for nutrient management planning purposes.

Manure Information Inventory- NRCS Form MN-CPA-42 (pdf; 644 KB)
Used when working with client the 1st time to gather information needed for nutrient management planning purposes.

Nutrient Management Practices Inventory- NRCS Form MN-CPA-43 (pdf; 559 KB)
Used when working with client the 1st time to gather information needed for nutrient management planning purposes.

Record Keeping Form (doc; 184 KB)
 
Practice Certification Form  
(doc; 125 KB)
Minnesota form MN-CPA-046 used by USDA program participants to certify that nutrients and pests have been managed according to NRCS guidelines.

Land Spreading Agreements and Manure Transfer

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.

MPCA Land Spreading Agreement  (pdf; 69 KB)

MPCA MMP Requirements when Ownership of Manure is Transferred  (doc; 257 KB)


Additional plans and forms specific to Appendices of CNMPs 

Analogous versions of these plans and forms can be found in the Nutrient Management Planner for Minnesota software.

Planning for Odor Management
Link to University of Minnesota Extension site

Emergency Response Planning
Link to University of Minnesota Extension site. Focuses on manure spills but can be developed for other spill incidences.

Manure and Wastewater Handling and Storage  Assessment Worksheet  (doc; 138 KB)  5/09
Used to help guide the assessment of the manure and wastewater handling and storage system.

Manure and Wastewater Handling and Storage Recommendations Worksheet (doc; 29 KB)  5/09
Recommendations based on assessment are entered on this worksheet.

Operation and Maintenance Plan (doc; 72 KB)

Emergency Response Plan (doc; 77 KB)  5/09

Animal Mortality Worksheets (doc; 228 KB)

NRCS Mortality Plan (doc; 210 KB)  5/09

MPCA Odor Management Plan (doc; 112 KB)
Developed if needed

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.

Animal Nutrition Self-Assessment Worksheets (doc; 91 KB)
NRCS worksheets used by producers to review their current feed management program.

Feed Management Fact Sheets
Explain the relationships between feed management and excreted nitrogen and phosphorus from livestock.

        General (pdf; 444 KB)
        Dairy (pdf; 438 KB)
        Poultry (pdf; 438 KB)
        Swine (pdf; 438 KB)
        Beef (pdf; 438 KB)

Conversion Factors and Tables

Factors and Tables Useful When Planning (pdf; 112 KB)