The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation will offer a two-part agricultural nutrient management training school in June. The school is for anyone interested in learning about the development of agricultural nutrient management plans or how to become a certified plan writer.
Nutrient management plans determine rates for applying manure, fertilizers, biosolids and other soil amendments so that crop yields are maximized, and nutrient seepage into and ground and surface waters is minimized.
The first session, June 6-7, is a lecture series by Virginia Tech professors on soil science, soil fertility and crop production. The second session, June 12-14, will cover nutrient management plan writing using a case-study farm.
Both sessions will be held in the BioScience Building of Blue Ridge Community College in Weyers Cave. Each day runs from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Registration is $150 for each session, with a sign-up deadline of June 2, 2023.
Nutrient management continues to be an important factor in a farmer’s decision-making process when considering application of materials to supply nutrients to crops. Application rates are determined by a process using actual yield records or soil productivity when yield records aren’t available.
More information about nutrient management training and certification is available at www.dcr.virginia.gov/soil-and-water/nmtrain.