What are best management practices (BMPs)?
Best management practices, or BMPs, are recommended structures, methods, and practices designed to protect water quality. BMPs can provide environmental, agronomic, and economic benefits.
The cost, economic return, ease of implementation, and overall effectiveness will vary from practice to practice. Recommended BMPs may include already widely accepted and utilized agricultural practices.
Every farm is unique and requires a particular combination of practices that meets the needs of the land and the producer.
Why is irrigation management important to managing nutrients and other water quality issues?
Proper irrigation management provides adequate moisture to crops while helping keep water, soil sediments, nutrients, and other chemicals in the field. Nitrogen and phosphorus can be soluble in water and carried away into surface water and groundwater.
What is irrigation uniformity?
A measure of how evenly irrigation water is applied across a crop area.