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Software for Developing Nutrient Management Plans Workshop

Mar 2, 2015, 9:30am - 3:00pm
Ohio State University Extension-Putnam County, 1206 East Second St, Ottawa , OH
Greg LaBarge

For Certified Crop Advisers who would like to become a NRCS Certified Nutrient Management Plan Provider Planner or NRCS/SWCD personnel or others wanting to use MMP software.

What the Day is about? Gain a working knowledge of  two software packages MapWindow GIS & MMP Tools, MMP software which are approved tools for development of Fertilizer Only or Precision Fertilizer Only Nutrient Management Plans for NRCS programs such as EQUIP. The training will use a sample farm to demonstrate the utilization of these two programs to generate a plan that can be presented to NRCS for approval.
  • MapWindow GIS is an open source GIS product that is used to develop nutrient management plans by defining fields and farms then downloading spatial data such as soil types which provide base information needed for MMP is Nutrient Plan development. Data generated is exported to MMP through the MMP tools which have been added. The version used for the workshop is dated January 10, 2014 and is available through   (See Right hand of page)

  • The current templates for Ohio plans that work with MMP have been developed by NRCS State Agronomist Mark Scarpitti can be found at The templates will be provided on the workshop disk given out during the workshop.

Please plan to bring a laptop along with you with the programs installed. A session is offered at the start of the day before the program begins if you need assistance with this.


8:30 Help provided installing MapWindow GIS and MMP if needed.

9:30 Introduction

9:40 Using Map Window GIS and MMP Tools

  • The farm visit checklist
  • Getting Started with MMP
  • Missouri Clipper defining, downloading and importing
  • Field Boundaries through MapWindow and Importing shape files
  • Adding water features
  • Identifying other resource concerns
  • Exporting  to MMP

11:30 Introduction to MMP

12:00 Lunch

1:00 Starting with MMP

  • Fields Tab
  • Assessment Tab
  • Soil Test Tab
  • Crops Tab with RUSLE2
  • Nutrient Management Tab

3:15 Demonstration of Ohio NRCS Templates for Nutrient Management Plans

3:30 Adjourn


Preregistration required by 7 days prior to workshop date at

Workshop fee covered by USEPA GLRI Grant Number 00E01145

Limited to 12 participants. Lunch will be on your own.

Session Resourced by:

Greg LaBarge, Field Specialist, Agronomic Systems, Ohio State University Extension