What is a NMP? What is it used for?
The Nutrient Management Plan (NMP)
is a tool to create a link between the soil and livestock production and to adjust the amount of fertilizer according to the soil’s actual needs. The NMP is the outcome of the Règlement sur les Exploitations Agricoles (REA) which was put in place in 2002 by the MDDELCC. Its objective is to protect the environment and, more particularly, preserve water and soil quality in Québec. Therefore, this regulation contains certain dispositions that standardize and sometimes limit the use of certain fertilizing materials whether they are organic or mineral. The NMP is now mandatory for a lot of farmers. Its goal is, on the one hand, to ensure the longevity of the agricultural sector and, on the other hand, to help farmers increase their yields by applying inputs in the right place rather than just in a uniform fashion. Therefore, this computerized tool is extremely useful for farmers who want to maximize their yields thanks to the competency of an agronomist while at the same time minimizing their expenses on fertilizers.
What is Record+?
is the software used by Logiag and its partners to enter and analyze data related to farming operations. It integrates geomatic functions, record-keeping, planning and data analysis. The information that it condenses analyzes the pedology, hydrography and topography of the farmland. This data has been gathered over time by Logiag and is now available to our clients. Therefore, you have access to numerous pieces of information on agricultural practices in North America. Concretely, Record+ allows for the modelling of dynamic farm plans according to the particularities of each parcel of farmland and then analyzes this data to provide a precise, complete and valid NMP.
Does the Record+ software work on all computer operating systems?
Record+ works under the Windows operating system and covers all versions.
What type of farming operation is subject to the Règlement sur les exploitations agricoles (REA)?
The REA addresses all agricultural operations using fertilizing materials on cultivated parcels of farmland (except forestry) where a producer has more than 15 hectares of cash crops or more than 5 hectares of market garden production. All agricultural operations with livestock facilities producing more than 1600 kg of phosphorus a year (except for dogs, cats, aquaculture, zoos, parks, and zoological gardens) are subject to the REA. This applies where the farmer has livestock production (buildings, exercise yards) or livestock manure storage facilities.Toutes exploitations agricoles ayant des élevages d’animaux et produisant plus de 1600 kg de phosphore par année (sauf canidés, félidés, piscicultures, zoos, parcs et jardins zoologiques) sont soumises au REA. Cela s’applique dans la mesure où l’exploitant possède des installations d’élevage (bâtiments, cours d’exercice) ou des ouvrages de stockage de déjections animales.
Does the Logiag NMP conform to regulations?
Absolutely! It follows all the requirements of the MDDELCC regarding the completion and content of a NMP. It even goes beyond these requirements by providing the farmer with practical tools that make reading and understanding all the NMP information easier, for example by using tables and graphics.
What does the Logiag NMP contain?
- Diagnostics from a recognized agronomist
- Soil tests
- Farm plans
- Assessment of each parcel of farmland
- Amount of manure produced and to be spread
- The Logiag NMP is simple and easy to understand: it consists of tables and graphics summarizing all important data
How will my yields increase by using my NMP?
The NMP is a tool with the goal of determining the optimum amounts of manure to discharge. It has recommendations on phosphorus, nitrogen and potash rates to apply. We know that the presence of these elements in the soil partially determines the size of the harvest. Therefore, the NMP, by quantifying the actual needs of the crop, is going to support an increase in your yields.
Where can I find recommendations on the amount of nutrients to apply?
CRAAQ provides standards for the amount of nutrients to be applied. However, these recommendations remain just standards and therefore are not always adapted to your crops’ actual needs. In fact, they do not take into account any determining variables for soil quality such as soil type, soil texture or drainage. But a good agronomist can do all that for you!
What do agronomists take into account when making their fertilization recommendations?
To provide you with the best recommendations, our agronomists take into account all the particularities of your soil. For example, they consider the richness, the drainage, and the texture of the soil along with crop rotation and types of soil work. They guarantee the most personalized service by responding to all the requirements and particular needs of your soil.
How can I be sure that my phosphorus assessment will be sent in before May 15th each year?
Logiag offers a just-in-time service. Therefore, we guarantee fast service, between 5 and 10 days on average.