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Posted on: January 9, 2023

Maryland Department of Agriculture and the University of Maryland have just announced new regulation

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A new rule was just announced this week that for the 2023 growing season, Extension Nutrient Management Advisors will no longer be able to write nutrient management plans that do not cover an entire year. In effect, if you have already applied some nutrients to crops before you have an updated nutrient management plan in hand, Extension will no longer be able to provide only a partial plan for the remainder of that crop year. Instead, any plan that is written will have to cover the remainder of the 2023 growing season as well as the entire 2024 growing season. This will only be possible if the current soil tests on file will be valid through 2024.

This change was proposed as a way to encourage more farmers to come in early, before the March 1 deadline, and to limit the number of partial plans that are written in the future. If you do not have a current nutrient management plan for 2023, contact your nutrient management advisor as soon as possible to begin the process of creating your 2023 plan. This is especially important for anyone planning to apply nutrients early (i.e. N fertilizer on wheat or hay at green-up).

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