Nutrient and Pest Management Program
The University of Wisconsin Nutrient and Pest Management (NPM) Program connects farmers and researchers on key issues of profitability, practicality, and environmental impact of crop production practices and cropping systems. Using input from an active collaboration of Wisconsin agricultural community stake-holders, state agencies and university researchers, NPM helps create and deliver innovative, cost effective and timely outreach solutions.
Nutrient Management Outreach
- We work with farmers to adopt nutrient management practices, often improving profitability and reducing water quality risks.
- In partnership with local educators, agencies, and organizations, we train farmers across Wisconsin on nutrient management principles and planning.
- We cooperate with farmers to run small-scale trials of UW nutrient management recommendations on real farms and landscapes.
- We are involved in the refinement and educational delivery of the SNAP-Plus nutrient management planning software program.
Pest Management Outreach
- We initiate hands-on farmer education programs on insect pest identification and treatment threshold levels, herbicide resistance management, and overall weed management.
- In conjunction with the Wisconsin Crop Production Association, we develop and deliver programs that increase the professionalism of agricultural input applicators.
- We create publications and multimedia that provide farmers, consultants and crop scouts with concise tools for making effective pest management decisions.
BioIPM and Sustainable Farming Systems
- Working with Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association, we help develop, promote, and comply with sustainable and ecological label standards for crop production.
- We collaborate on research and develop outreach about nutrient and pest management practices for organic field crop production.
For detailed information, please read our annual report:
NPM activity report for 2014 ... (450.0 KB)
The University of Wisconsin Nutrient and Pest Management (NPM) Program serves Wisconsin farmers and the agricultural professionals who assist them in making management decisions. The program links farmers and researchers to exchange knowledge on the profitability, practicality and environmental impact of crop production practices and cropping systems. This report contains a brief summary of accomplishments in 2014.