Solution Center for Nutrient Management
Solution Center for Nutrient Management
Solution Center for Nutrient Management
University of California
Solution Center for Nutrient Management

About the Solution Center for Nutrient Management

This website was created to increase access to California agricultural nutrient management resources and serve as a platform for conversations on important nutrient management issues.


  • Improve access to research and practical, science-based information on nutrient management practices for the California agricultural community.

  • Strengthen knowledge sharing and outreach networks between university researchers, extension workers and agricultural practitioners.

Understanding Nutrient Management

Phosphorus deficient pear tree
Phosphorus deficient pear tree
Nutrient management is a scientific approach to evaluate and link cultural practices with environmental, chemical, and physical aspects of an agricultural system.  The goal is to optimize the efficient use of both added and available nutrients, while reducing impacts on surrounding ecosystems.  

Growers looking to develop a nutrient management plan may intend to prioritize any number of focal aspects.  To determine the most effective approach for developing a nutrient budget, growers may want to consider their end goal - this could include building soil health, meeting crop nutrient requirements, maximizing water use efficiency or reducing nutrient losses.

Once a management goal has been established growers should determine the nutrient budget for their agricultural system.  Nutrient budgeting requires investigating all possible sinks and sources of specific nutrients and determining additional amounts required to meet crop needs.  Most growers will find it beneficial to submit a soil test for accurate nutrient availability and budgeting.  Once the nutrient budget has been formulated, an individualized management plan can be created.

Site Content

  • A variety of external online Resources for nutrient management

  • An extensive Research Database of California-specific nutrient management research

  • A description of possible Management Goals with links to more in-depth discussions of related topics

  • Focus Topics for details on nutrient management fundamentals, greenhouse gas mitigation strategies, cover crops and more

  • Farmer Profiles for real-life examples of unique nutrient management techniques

  • Networking and engagement tools, such as the online Discussion Forum for sharing experiences and asking questions

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