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Planning Resources

These references and tools are used consistently in the development and review of Act 38 nutrient management plans and nutrient balance sheets.

This manual has been developed in order to provide consistent program guidance, further refining the requirements in the Act 38 regulations, that is to be utilized in the development, review, and implementation of Act 38 nutrient management plans.

The Agronomy Guide is the standard agronomic reference for Pennsylvania. The current edition is the official reference for Pennsylvania’s Nutrient Management Program.

The Soil Test Recommendations Handbook For Agronomic Crops is the standard reference for determining crop nutrient recommendations for Pennsylvania’s Nutrient Management Program.

The electronic Field Office Technical Guide (eFOTG) is the primary scientific reference for the Pennsylvania Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

PAOneStop provides online tools to help farmers meet regulatory requirements for Conservation and Nutrient Management Planning.