Nutrient Best Management Practices
Best Management Practices (BMPs) are methods or techniques that have been found to be the most effective and practical means in achieving an objective (such as preventing or minimizing pollution) while making the optimum use of a property’s resources.
Nutrient BMPs focus on maximizing crop yield while minimizing the amount of nutrients that leave the property, either through surface runoff from irrigation or stormwater or from leaching to the groundwater. Nutrient BMPs take in to account the amount, source, type, location, and timing of nutrients applied to a crop.
Nutrient BMPs include (but are not limited to):
- Evaluating irrigation water, soils, growing media, and plant tissue to optimize plant growth and avoid excessive amounts of fertilization.
- Conducting efficient fertilizer and leaching practices.
- Avoiding fertilizer material spills during all phases of transport, storage, and application.