Mid-Atlantic Nutrient Management Handbook
Mid-Atlantic Regional Water Program published
Nutrient Management Handbook in April.
The new handbook represents a complete
rewrite, update, and expansion of a 1995
manual written for the Chesapeake Bay Program.
Nutrient management scientists from four
universities wrote the handbook, while
scientists and practitioners from across
the region reviewed it. Virginia Tech provided
editorial and technical leadership.
The handbook is organized using an “info-mapping” approach
that enhances the arrangement, flow, and
readability of the technical information.
Its 252 pages contain chapters on all aspects
of agronomic nutrient management, including:
- basic soils and landscapes,
- soil fertility and chemistry,
- crop production,
- soil management,
- nutrient testing and fertilizer,
- manure, and;
- biosolids use.
Particular emphasis is placed on the most
recent science regarding nitrogen and phosphorus
use in agronomic production in an environmentally
The Chesapeake Bay Program Nutrient Subcommittee
and the nutrient management programs of the
Mid-Atlantic States coordinated handbook
development to ensure consistency and usefulness.
Nutrient management program managers in State
and Federal agencies, organizations, and
the agricultural industry will be trained
to use the new handbook. All five Mid-Atlantic
Region States plan to use the handbook in
their nutrient management certification and
The Mid-Atlantic is one of 10 regional programs
under the NIFA National Integrated Water
Program. All five states in the Mid-Atlantic
Region – Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania,
Virginia, and West Virginia – have
or participate in a nutrient management professional
certification program and require nutrient
management plans for certain agricultural
operations. Nutrient management planning
is essential to properly manage nitrogen,
phosphorus, and other potential pollutants
from fertilizers, manure, biosolids, and
other nutrient sources.
The NIFA National Integrated Water Quality
Program provided funding to develop the handbook
through a competitive grant awarded to the
University of Maryland. The Mid-Atlantic
Water Program is a research, education, and
outreach consortium of all 10 land-grant
universities in the region, led by the University
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