Nutrient Management

Nutrient ManagementNutrient management research in the Department of Soil, Water, and Climate is focused on developing strategies to improve nutrient use efficiency for crop production. A primary goal is to optimize crop yield and quality using appropriate nutrient inputs while minimizing effects on the environment. Faculty research efforts in this area include soil test calibration, plant analysis interpretation, modeling, and evaluation of nutrient source, rate, placement, and timing effects on crop response as well as nutrient losses to surface water, ground water, and the atmosphere. Interactions of nutrient management with crop genetics, tillage practices, manure management, pest management, drainage, and irrigation are also important areas of investigation.