Nutrient Management

Nutrient Management and Environmental Stewardship

Proper nutrient management is one of the most basic essential components of most crop production systems. Whether you fertilize your crops with manure or commercial fertilizer, nutrient stewardship is important to farm profitability, food security and the environment.

The International Plant Nutrition Institute’s 4R Nutrient Stewardship program promotes applying the right nutrient source, at the right time, at the right rate, and in the right place. To learn more about the IPNI and the 4R program, go to

The MAWRC co-hosts an annual nutrient management conference with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. You can see information from past conferences on our Events page.

The Agricultural Fertilizer Research & Education Council (AFREC) oversees an industry-led effort to advance soil fertility research, technology development and education. You can learn more about AFREC at

The Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council funds research on nutrient management and other water quality related issues. For more information, go to

The University of Minnesota Nutrient Management Team focuses on helping farmers and agriculture professional optimize crop production using appropriate nutrient inputs while minimizing effects on the environment. Learn more at