Checking Ambition with Reality: The Pros and Cons of Different Approaches to Site Assessment

Purpose

This talk is intended to spark discussion over options related to site assessment for nutrient management. It will include a brief presentation followed by open discussion.

What did we do?

The revision of the USDA-NRCS national standard for nutrient management in 2011 was driven, in part, by inconsistencies in state phosphorus (P) indices, rekindling debates over standardizing indices at regional or national scales.…

Wisconsin Producer Perspective on the Phosphorus Index

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Why Evaluate the P-Index from the Farmer’s Perspective?

The phosphorus index is a risk management tool, designed to evaluate the potential for runoff from a field based on the conditions and management of that field. Based on many years of work with farms in Wisconsin, the author sees the P-Index as valuable tool for comparing fields and management on the same farm and influencing choices that will lead to the lowest risk of runoff.…

Nutrient Management Standards – Making Them Work Where We Work

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Abstract

The economics and environmental impacts of livestock production cross watershed boundaries and affects both rural and urban populations. In particular, the issue of manure management has been the subject of debate and new policies in recent years as the non-point source discharge of nutrients and bacteria can be substantial if manure is not managed properly.…