This school is a lecture series by Virginia Tech professors and DCR staff members. The first day lecture topics include- soil formation, soil survey development, landscape delineation, basic soil science, soil fertility, specific nutrient discussions to include phosphorus, potassium, calcium, magnesium, sulfur and the micronutrients. Soil sampling techniques, explanation of soil test reports, interpretation of those reports and a discussion of tissue sampling, analysis and interpretation conclude the day’s lectures.


The second day begins with an in-depth discussion of nitrogen and phosphorus covering their use as plant food for crop production and management strategies to minimize their impact on ground and surface water. Expanding from the use of fertilizers, organic nutrient sources are discussed in detail, including how their release of nutrients over the growing season and years following application are incorporated into crop recommendations. A discussion of the use of lime and its importance related to nutrient availability round out the fertility discussion. The economics of crop production is an important topic that keeps the planner aware that profitability is key to writing a nutrient management plans their clients use regularly. Finally, an in-depth review of the training and certification regulations finishes the program. The content of this school is representative of a mini-agronomy course.  


Dr. John Galbraith, Associate Professor, School of Plant and Environmental Sciences; Mr. Steve Heckendorn, Virginia Tech Soil Testing Laboratory Manager; Dr. Rory Maguire, Professor, Extension Soil Fertility Specialist, School of Plant and Environmental Sciences; Dr. Wade Thomason, Extension Grain Specialist, School of Plant and Environmental Sciences


In order to meet the Virginia Nutrient Management Program’s educational requirements utilizing this online training, you MUST attend the entire training. Active participation during the presentations will be noted for each participant. Participants are welcome to use their webcam.


Please attend from a location you have confidence will provide a reliable internet connection. Non-participation will not be accepted as meeting the education requirement because of poor internet connectivity.


Although presentations will be recorded for later review and for exam preparation, you MUST participate in the live school in order to have your “log time” recorded as proof of meeting the education requirement for nutrient management certification.



The training will be offered online via Zoom and Canvas.

Course Dates/Times:

December 3 – 4, 2020

9:00 am – 4:30 pm

A detailed agenda for this training can be found here (use the back button on your browser to return to this page).



Registration Deadline: November 20, 2020
Cost: $130
Payment Methods: Credit Cards Only
Refund Policy: Once payments are processed, there are NO Refunds for this event. If not used, the payment can NOT be carried forward.


What's Next?

Virginia Cooperative Extension utilizes Canvas to offer this online program. After registering for this program, you will receive a registration confirmation email with detailed instructions for accessing the Canvas platform. If you don't see a confirmation email, be sure to check your spam or junk folder.  You can also access the Canvas instructions here (use the back button on your browser to return to this page).

Copies of presentations will be sent to participants before the first day of the school.


For more information about this event or becoming a Virginia Agriculture Nutrient Management Planner, you may contact:

David Kindig, Nutrient Management Training and Certification Coordinator

Department of Conservation and Recreation

600 East Main Street, 24th Floor

Richmond, VA  23219

Phone: 804-371-8095

Email: david.kindig@dcr.virginia.gov



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