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Best Practices for a Better Business
Using best practices leads to better outcomes
The following best management practices are recommended by H2Ohio for Phosphorus Reduction Impact. H2Ohio will make cost-share opportunities available for farmers who incorporate these practices. Learn more at
Testing results give farmers information on where to place fertilizer and fertilizer application rate.
Applying specific fertilizer levels based on the need of each sub-acre to reduce fertilizer application without risk of losing yield.
Applying specific fertilizer below the surface to reduce nutrient loss.
Soil Testing
Variable-Rate Fertilization
Subsurface Nutrient Application
Mixing manure into the soil to keep it in place and minimize nutrient loss.
Planting certain crops that reduce erosion and enrich the soil thus reducing runoff and sediment delivery.
When planted after the main harvest, cover crops reduce erosion, hold nutrients in the soil, and improve soil health.
Manure Incorporation
Conservation Crop Rotation
Cover Crops
Slowing down runoff to give phosphorus more time to settle back into the soil.
Creating modified drainage ditches to slow water flow and allow the phosphorus to settle.
Wetland vegetation and soils absorb phosphorus, slow down the movement of water, offer natural filtering process, and allow phosphorus to settle.
Drainage Water Management
Two-Stage Ditch Construction
Edge-of-Field Buffers
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When trees, shrubs or strips of grass are planted along farm fields in the right place, the plants hold on to phosphorus and prevent its release into the water.