Best Management Practices: A Phosphorus Primer

A Phosphorus PrimerPhosphorus is an essential nutrient for crops and livestock. Unless properly managed, phosphorus can move from land to lakes, rivers and streams – harming fish habitat and water quality.

This 38-page booklet sets out all the BMPs for on-farm management to keep phosphorus in its place.

With many illustrations and photos, A Phosphorus Primer follows "P" in its various forms in soil and water and shows how it can travel in runoff, erosion, leaks and drainpipes. The BMPs are sorted for point and non-point sources of phosphorus. BMPs for point source, such as manure storages and dairy washwaters, focus on reduction, containment, and treatment. BMPs for non-point source, such as cropland runoff and erosion, include nutrient management planning, and soil, field and shoreline practices.

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