Description of practice

Integrated nutrient management utilizes soil, nutrient, water, crop, and vegetation management practices with the aim of improving and sustaining soil fertility and land productivity and reducing environmental degradation.

Examples of how to use integrated nutrient management Further information
(see Note below)

AMP84 01

Replacing mineral fertilizers with organic matter input

Mineral fertilizers are (partly) replaced by organic fertilizers in order to increase organic matter input and improve soil quality in general, reduce wind erosion, reduce nitrate leaching, increase soil biodiversity and make the soil more resilient to stress factors like drought or excessive rainfall.


»WOCAT technology 2965

AMP84 02

Balanced fertilization

Different types of fertilizer (such as compost, mineral fertilizers, gypsum and micro-nutrients) are applied at adjusted, balanced rates to improve soil nutrient status, prevent nutrient mining and increase water holding capacity and crop productivity.


»WOCAT technology 3852

AMP84 03

Manure separation to better distribute organic matter at farm level

Slurry manure is fed through a separator into a thick fraction (rich in P and used in maize fields or as a substrate in cow stables) and a thin fraction (rich in N and used on other parts of the farm or exported from the farm to be treated for discharge in the environment).


»WOCAT technology 1256

AMP84 04

Foliar fertilizer applications

Essential plant nutrients are applied as corrective foliar fertilizer based on visual symptoms or plant tissue tests to complement initial soil application. Nutrient concentration and day temperature should be optimal to avoid leaf burning.



AMP84 05

Manure management plan

A simple manure management plan is drawn up identifying fields (or parts of fields) where spreading restrictions apply and crops that most efficiently use manure.


»UK Environment Agency

AMP84 06

Carbon farming

Practices are implemented that are known to improve the rate at which CO2 is removed from the atmosphere and converted to plant material and/or soil organic matter. Such carbon farming practices can be holistically inventoried using a carbon farm plan.


»Genetic Literacy Project
»Carbon Cycle. Institute
»Western Australia Government

Note: Most of the Further information links are to a full description of the example in the WOCAT database. However sometimes the link may be to similar practices or a research paper. Occasionally the link is to a commercial product in which case it should be understood that this does not imply any endorsement of the product by iSQAPER.

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