Site-Specific Nutrient Management

  • Latief Ahmad
  • Syed Sheraz Mahdi


Site-specific nutrient management is a component of precision agriculture and can be used for any field or crop. It combines plant nutrient requirements at each growth stage and the soil’s ability to supply those nutrients and applies that information to areas within a field that require different management from the field average. Site-specific management allows for fine-tuning crop management systems along with 4R Nutrient Stewardship – the right source, rate, time, and place of nutrient use. Different concept and approaches of nutrient management of SSNM have been elaborated in this chapter. The chapter includes the present approach and constraints in the adoption of SSNM particularly in India.


Site-specific nutrient management Nutrient management SSNM tools Chemigation and fertigation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Latief Ahmad
    • 1
  • Syed Sheraz Mahdi
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of AgronomySher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of KashmirSrinagarIndia

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