Cropland Nutrient Management

Cropland Nutrient Management is a practice that ensures the amount of nitrogen applied to fields by synthetic fertilizers does not exceed the amount the plants can absorb. This prevents excess nitrogen from being released to the atmosphere in the form of nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas 300 times more potent than carbon, or released into waterways as nutrient pollution, which causes algal blooms that lead to dead zones. (N4C)