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Nutrient management plans are widespread, but some wonder if they are followed

Each year, farmers managing more than 2.2 million acres of croplands in the Bay watershed pull out plans that guide how they apply animal manure and commercial fertilizer on fields of corn, wheat, hay and other crops.

What they do with those plans, and exactly how much their actions reduce the amount of nutrients entering the environment, is at the center of a long-running controversy.

Most in the agricultural community embrace nutrient management — an effort to optimize fertilizer applications with crop yields — as the cornerstone for on-farm stewardship.

But others are skeptical of its real-world benefits and question whether the plans are fully implemented.

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Father Nature!

Father knows best? In nature, sometimes he does and sometimes he doesn’t. Can you match these fathers with their descriptions?
Kathleen Gaskell | Bay Buddies 06/15/15

Clean drinking water unites efforts of watershed groups, suppliers

The health of the Chesapeake Bay and healthy drinking water are as connected as the creeks, streams and rivers that flow through our 64,000-square-mile Bay watershed. What’s good for clean water in our local...
Donna Morelli | Message from the Alliance 06/21/15

Top of the world experience

Spruce Knob stands at the western edge of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. But a visitor standing atop the windswept peak would be excused for thinking they were at the edge of a northern wilderness. Even in midsummer, the...
Karl Blankenship | Article 06/15/15

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