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What is Nutrient Management?

October 18, 2018

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What is Nutrient Management? How an Agronomist fits in with your Livestock.

Over the past few weeks, you may have heard something brewing about Nutrient Management here at Central Valley Ag. And for those of you brave enough to ask the question, "what is Nutrient Management?" And just as important, "how does it affect me?" We are here today to answer your questions.

With me today is Tim Mundorf, CVA's Nutrient Management Lead. For many, Nutrient Management is an area that focuses on animals and manure use only. But the specifics of the application of manure to our Agricultural Land is just one piece of the puzzle. Nutrient Management also includes the understanding of

  1. Using various species of livestock manure as a source of crop nutrients focusing on both the agronomic needs of the crop and the environmental concerns specific to the field and area where it is applied.
  2. Dealing with increasing environmental concerns such as the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy and Harmful Algae Blooms (HABs) seen throughout our trade areas in IA, KS, and NE.
  3. Help our livestock producers with Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plans (CNMPs) required by NRCS and state environmental agencies.
  4. Help producers work with increased concerns regarding agriculture sustainability and how these concerns fit into their operations.  
  5. Bring CVA’s vast knowledge of precision agriculture practices to variable-rate manure application.

By now, those of you in Agriculture communities and areas should have heard of increased regulations that are required for producers in the Chesapeake Bay drainage basin or near Lake Erie. Central Valley Ag wants to make sure we are taking the lead in helping their growers and livestock producers to operate without a lot of additional government regulation. To do that we need to make sure we are making good decisions when it comes to nutrient management, whether we are talking about commercial fertilizer or manure application.

Wherever you go within the CVA trade area, there are a lot of livestock and a lot of livestock expansion in the works. This expansion is an excellent opportunity for many of our members. To make sure we are positioned to help these new livestock producers and expanded operations use their manure resources wisely, CVA has added this new position. Tim looks forward to meeting many of you getting out to visit your operation. Often, we will bring someone from Settje Engineering along on these visits. Settje is helping us with the compliance side of livestock management such as writing Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plans (CNMPs), designing new or expanded facilities, custom manure application, and online record keeping. Our ACS group is offering intense grid or zone-based soil sampling and variable rate manure application prescriptions. Settje has applicators set up to apply manure while varying rates to match field needs just like we do with commercial fertilizers. Livestock producers can utilize Settje to make variable rate applications, or they may want to visit with our ACS equipment team to look at adding variable rate technology (VRT) to their own application equipment. 

But please understand that the manure management is just the tip of the iceberg. Tim’s role will also have him working with those of you that may focus on the “Specialty Crop” area of production. Whether food-grade grain, non-GMO, organic or a slew of other areas of production, Tim will be helping the ACS team integrate our solutions to better support these areas of agriculture. If you have questions about how these new service combinations might fit your operation, please give Tim a call or e-mail, and he will be happy to visit with you. You can also contact your Field Sales Agronomist, Feed Salesperson, or ACS Regional Manager, and they can set up a meeting with all parties to see how we can help your operation be successful.  

By Keith Byerly

Tim Mundorf, CVA Nutrient Management Lead
Cell: 402.909.3052

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