Nutrient Management

​Nearly a third of Wisconsin's 9 million cropland acres are covered by nutrient management plans. ​​The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection supports nutrient management efforts in the state by training farmers and crop consultants to develop NM plans. We also train trainers and fund training at the local level. 

Nutrient management allows farmers to apply the right source of nutrients at the right time, rate and place to meet crop needs and minimize nutrient losses from fields. Nutrient management plans account for all activities on the farm that could affect nutrient needs and losses during one crop rotation.​ ​It also accounts for soil type, slope, crop rotations and residual nutrients, and includes both manure and commercial fertilizers. It requires:

  • Soil testing
  • Record keeping
  • Annual crop management according to University of Wisconsin recommendations
  • Meeting state and ​federal standards

Farmers may work with a crop consultant or adviser to write their nutrient management plans, or may qualify to write their own plans by successfully completing a training course every four years. 

Further information

Nutrient management training

Nutrient management planning