Nutrient management is more than just applying the correct amount of Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium. It's more than applying just the correct amount of those products. Nutrient management is best defined as using the right source, at the right rate, in the right place, at the right time. The 4R nutrient management approach ensures you are receiving the highest return on your fertilizer investment. The Crop Specialists at Christian County FS can help you decide what 4R program is best for your farming operation. From the macro-nutrients of Nitrogen, Phosphorus & Potassium to the micro-nutrients of Sulfur, Zinc, Manganese, Iron & Copper our Crop Specialists have the knowledge of how to best utilize each nutrient for the best yield and economic return.
At the farm or local production system level,
producers and their advisers make
decisions—based on local site factors—and implement them. They then evaluate the
outcome of their decisions to determine what decision to make the next time in the cycle.
Ideally the assessment of practice performance would be done on the basis of all indicators considered important to stakeholders. Essentially, this is the practice of adaptive management—an ongoing process of developing improved practices for efficient production and resource conservation by use of participatory learning through continuous systematic assessment.
For sound guidance in this process, it is important
that crop advisers have some level of professional
certification and training.
Guide to 4R Nutrient Stewardship