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Nutrient Management Plans

A Nutrient Management Plan is a systematic way of considering all nutrient uses on a farm in order to achieve a closer balance between nutrient inputs and outputs. Nutrient balances can be calculated for the whole farm (farm gate) or individual fields. Closer balances between inputs and outputs can reduce nutrient surpluses and help to minimise losses.

Nutrient management plans can be a highly cost-effective management practice, since long-term use of nutrient management plans has demonstrated economic benefits and higher profitability to farmers. Savings are highly related to the amount of 'over-fertilisation' taking place, prior to a nutrient management plan being written.



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