Nutrients on demand program for CA dairy producers
February 11, 2014 by Western United Dairymen
February 10, 2014 – Dairy producers have until March 31 to enroll in the Nutrients on Demand nutrient management program. The educational program is a partnership between California Dairy Quality Assurance Program, Western United Dairymen and Sustainable Conservation.
The program’s goals include:
- Improve the accuracy of applying liquid manure to fields in order to minimize nutrient losses to ground water while maintaining yields
- Provide easy to use diagnostic tools that help you track your nutrient application rates based on crop demand
- Help you identify your manure infrastructure needs and funding opportunities
Three-meeting series for producer participation:
- Training on field nutrient balance and the NOD diagnostic tool
- Review your own results in the diagnostic tool
- Develop a plan for a trial field
- Review results and identify areas for improvement
- March 2014 – November 2014
- Need owner/operator (irrigator & decision maker) to attend meetings.
- Willingness to share information from Nutrient Management Plan and 2 Annual Reports
- Improved nutrient application amounts and timing
- Cost of wastewater samples for 2014 are covered
- Provide 24 hr. lagoon test results
- Help identify programs that may assist with infrastructure improvements
For more information, contact project manager John Cardoza at (209) 576-7731 or firstname.lastname@example.org.