Nutrient Management Plan
Do I need a Nutrient Management Plan?
Nutrient Management Plans are required if your operation has more than (8,000 pounds) of live animal weight or you net $2,500 a year in income from your farm operation.
Why would I want a Nutrient Management Plan?
Aside from the fact that it may be required there are benefits to all of the information you can get from a Nutrient Management Plan. Nutrient Management Plans help identify the amount of nutrients required for your pastures to produce the best forage for your animals. Proper levels of fertilizers and proper pH will also help keep weeds at bay.
If I don’t have to have a plan can I still benefit from one?
Yes you certainly can benefit from one. Even if it is not required. A plan will help you identify needs for your soils and management of your nutrients.
Am I required to do follow the recommendations of a Nutrient Management Plan?
No, the recommendations of a Nutrient Management Plan are based on the best available science. A plan will give you upper limits of nutrient input however you are not required to do so.
How often to do need a Nutrient Management Plan?
If you are not spreading manure a Nutrient Management Plan can be written and last for 3 years. If manure is applied the manure needs to be tested and your Nutrient Management Plan needs to be updated once every year.
Why would I want wildflowers?
Wildflowers benefit bees, butterflies, and insects. That is important because without these plants pollinators cannot survive. Without pollinators we will lose fruits and vegetables. As habitat for pollinators decreases so to will we see a decrease in vegetables and fruits. After wildflowers have bloomed and made seeds they are an excellent food source for birds.
Aren't wildflowers expensive?
Wildflowers can be mixed with perennial and annual plants. For this reason we have wildflower areas that have not been touched for over four years. The initial investment pays off in years of pollinator improvement.
What do I have to do for care wildflowers?
Generally wildflowers require little to no maintenance after they are established. Wildflower areas are expected to have meadow type appearance.
What types of flowers are in wildflower mixes?
There are many standard mixes that are available in addition to that we can mix a custom blend depending on your site and your preferences.
Where do wildflower seeds come from?
The seeds that we use are harvested n the northeast and work well in this area. We also use seeds that are harvested here in Maryland.
My pond is covered with green slime can you do anything with it?
Sure we can. We are trained and licensed to improve water quality in ponds. We have the ability to treat surface and sub-surface issues.
If my pond has algae or green stuff growing on the surface can that hurt the aquatic life?
Yes that can be very detrimental to aquatic life. Excessive plant material or algae can deplete oxygen levels in the pond causing harm to fish and other aquatic animals.
What type of products do you use?
We have a number of products at our disposal that are not detrimental to aquatic life when used properly. There is not a one product cure all. It is very important to first identify your issues and then address them with specific treatment plans.
How often does my pond need treated to maintain a healthy aquatic environment?
The number of treatments used will be determined by the issues that your pond has. Generally 4 treatments per year will handle most algae problems. However, weather, rain fall and nutrient levels in your pond will determine proper treatment intervals.
My pond has a leak what can be done about that?
In some cases leaking ponds can be corrected without draining the whole pond and starting from scratch. There are mechanical methods to help with leaking depending on the circumstances.