Skip Navigation

Nutrient Management

A farm tractor pulling a tanker of plant nutrientsPractice Code: 590
Reporting Unit: Acre (Ac.)

Nutrient management is the practice of managing the amount, placement, form and timing of plant nutrients to obtain optimum yields while minimizing the risk of surface and groundwater contamination.

Purposes and Benefits

  • Protects water quality by applying and incorporating the correct amounts of nutrients at the appropriate time of the year
  • Minimizes agricultural nonpoint source pollution of surface and ground water resources
  • Increases crop yields by applying correct amounts of nutrients required for crop growth
  • Increases profitability by preventing over or under application of nutrients, and reducing off-farm purchases for chemical fertilizers
  • Protects air quality by reducing nitrogen emissions and the formation of atmospheric particulates
  • Correct manure and sludge application on all fields will improve soil health including tilth and organic matter content

Web graphic: Raindrop and soilPhoto Gallery

Conservation Practice Documents

Web link image: Field Office Technical GuideDocuments associated with this and other conservation practices are available at the NRCS Field Office Technical Guide Web site.


Related Conservation Practices

This practice is commonly used in a Conservation Management System with practices such as:

Conservation Crop Rotation (328)
Cover Crop (340)
Waste Recycling (633)
Waste Treatment (629)
Waste Treatment Lagoon (359)
Waste Storage Facility (313)

Nutrient Management is commonly applied with conservation practices needed to mitigate soil erosion and nutrient runoff.

Additional Information

The following Web sites provide additional information related to this conservation practice.

Cornell Nutrient Analysis Laboratory (CNAL)
The Cornell Nutrient Analysis Laboratory provides accurate and cost effective analysis of soil, plant, and water samples for farmers, growers, extension educators, state and federal agencies, regulators, home gardeners, researchers, and many others within the state, nation, and world.

Cornell Nutrient Management Spear Program
The Nutrient Management Spear Program provides research and extension to the agricultural community to aid in the on-farm implementation of strategies for field crop nutrient management.

Nutrient and Pest Management (USDA NRCS)
This Web page provides a number of useful tools that can assist in the development and implementation of a comprehensive nutrient management program. Included is information related to pest and pesticides management.

If you want to learn how you can protect natural resources on your farm or forest land, please contact your local NRCS Service Center.


How to Get Assistance




< Back to Conservation Practices for New York