Guide for Producing Nursery Crops
Third Edition

Best Management Practices Guide:  Guide for Producing Nursery Crops

The Best Management Practices (BMP) Guide is designed to help growers identify and promote exceptional management practices, methods and procedures. These management practices can be implemented regardless of nursery size or location and empowers container and field-grown plant producers to operate at a higher level of efficiency and effectiveness while implementing proactive management practices necessary to produce plants with minimal environmental impact.


This ever-popular guide has become recognized as the undisputed benchmark for horticultural BMPs in the U.S. with more than 6,000 copies in use today. The Best Management Practices Guide, v 1.0 was published in 1996 with an updated v 2.0 printed in 2007. Version 3.0 has been updated to include the latest best management practices, an enhanced irrigation section and two new sections - Constructed Wetlands:  A How To Guide For Nurseries, as well as information on the RMA Crop Protection Insurance Program.


In addition, printed copies of v 3.0 will be available later this year. This industry guide is currently being translated to Spanish and will also available later this year on the SNA website and in print.


The Best Management Practices Guide v 3.0 is a valuable reference tool and is FREE to the industry - for viewing! Printed copies will be available later this year at a nominal charge to cover shipping and handling.


Funding for this update project is made possible by the USDA's Risk Management Association (RMA) in cooperation with the North Central IPM Center at the University of Illinois. RMA’s mission is to promote, support, and regulate sound risk management solutions to preserve and strengthen the economic stability of America’s agricultural producers. As part of this mission, RMA operates and manages the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC). RMA was created in 1996; the FCIC was founded in 1938.


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Southern Nursery Association
PO Box 801454
Acworth, GA 30101
tel  678.809.9992   |   fax 678.809.9993

United States Department of Agriculture Risk Management Agency


Mail Stop 0801

1400 Independence Ave, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-0801

North Central IPM Center

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
1102 S Goodwin Avenue
Urbana, IL  61801
tel 217-333-9656 |fax 217-333-5245