Soil and Nutrient Management Plans (SNMP) are a detailed planning service which has been developed by the Dairying Better ‘n Better program for Queensland dairy farms. An important component of receiving this service is that farmers also have one-on-one discussion with an accredited advisor who tailors recommendations to farm requirements from soil test results and helps to increase the farmers understanding of soil nutrients and soil health. The main information conveyed in a plan is as follows;
- Property description, farm layout, infrastructure and current management.
- Typical farm soil types.
- Nutrient reuse; manure and effluent.
- Soil nutrition: pH, organic matter, electrical conductivity, nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium and trace elements.
- Nutrient losses from the farm.
- Soil testing, analysis and recommendation.
- Information on nitrogen loss, plant salt tolerance , nutrient removal rates, phosphorous environmental risk index and effluent calculator outputs.
A SNMP is an extremely useful tool for farmers to management their soil nutrient levels and soil health. The key of the planning service is assist dairy farmers to reach higher levels of profitability and sustainability by providing recommendations to improve nutrient use efficiency and soil health, and to reduce potential losses.