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Phosphorus Management Publication

A new regional extension publication, "Agricultural Phosphorus Management and Water Quality Protection in the Midwest," addresses the use of phosphorus in agriculture in the Midwest. The publication, written for nutrient management planners, contains information on:

  • the risk of phosphorus delivery to surface waters,
  • the assessment of this risk, and;
  • the cost effectiveness of phosphorus management options for reducing this risk.

The publication addresses the importance of phosphorus to agriculture and phosphorus dynamics in surface waters, and lists the phosphorus-indices of each state. It also discusses how management practices can contribute to the risk of phosphorus loss to surface waters. The publication also describes cost and effectiveness of alternative management practices and manure application strategies.

The information is targeted to U.S. EPA Region 7, comprised of Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska. It was written by an interdisciplinary team of research and extension professionals from that region and supported in part by the Heartland Regional Water Quality Initiative.


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