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Webinar: Rethinking the Conventional Nutrient Management Paradigm for Soil Health

08/14/18, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Participants will learn about using a holistic approach by adopting a diversity of practices and concepts to achieve optimal nutrient management strategies.

The current dominant nutrient management paradigm, which depends mainly on synthetic fertilizers that cause many resource concerns (such as soil erosion) related to loss of capacity of soil to supply nutrients, water quality degradation, and nutrient http://pollution.Concentration on conversion to a more sustainable nutrient management strategy, which is based on soil being a living, breathing ecosystem is key to improved cropping systems and decreased inputs. A sustainable soil ecosystem can be achieved by using multiple nutrient resources (including cover crops, organic amendments, crop rotation, etc.). As part of a soil health management system, contribution of the nutrient reservoirs that are accessed through microbial and plant mediated processes, as well as allowing for more tailored nutrient inputs. The application of soil health principles, with diverse nutrient sources for nutrient management, will be presented.

This webinar is presented by the USDA NRCS Soil Health Division. Contact Candy Thomas, Regional Soil Health Specialist, Soil Health Division for more information about this webinar.