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A common mistake when farmers are determining their nutrient need for their upcoming crops is to forget to include nitrogen credits from previous years. There are simple management practices that
Legumes are a great source for nitrogen. Alfalfa, clover, and soybeans are the common legumes grown. More growers are using legume cover crops to assist in nitrogen production. Hairy vetch is a common cover crop that has the potential to produce a great amount of nitrogen.
Adjusting nitrogen application in correlation to adding manure is another management practice that could have great benefit to the farm both economically and environmentally. To determine the nitrogen value of
Cover crop usage is growing exponentially. Many farms are looking at cover crops as another fertilizer source. The challenge for using cover crops as a nutrient source is in the amount of credit to take
There are some book values that can be found on how much nitrogen credit can be
Farmers that farm near surface water or those within a high-risk watershed, such as the Western Lake Erie Basin or Saginaw Bay, need to be especially careful to not over apply nutrients. Michigan State University Extension educators and specialist have put together a website with information specifically for those in the Western Lake Erie Basin to assist them with water quality issues. The information on this page can be useful to all growers.
Source: Christina Curell, Michigan State University
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