Fertilizer and Manure Application Weather Forecast Tools

For those of you who sat in our Fertilizer Applicator Certification Training, you already know about using the National Weather Service website to see and capture the seven-day forecast for manure or fertilizer applications. Go to https://www.weather.gov, then select forecast - local - then enter your zip code. View the multi-day forecast report in the lower right corner. Shown here for Marysville – doesn’t look too bad but unfortunately the ground won’t support equipment.

A couple of other tools can also be used, and have interesting features are: 

  • The Ohio Applicator Forecast from the Ohio Department of Agriculture is designed to help nutrient applicators identify times when weather-risk for applying is low. Visit: https://www.agri.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/oda/divisions/plant-health/resources/ohio-applicator-forecast
    • The risk forecast is created by the National Weather Service
    • Takes snow accumulation and melt, soil moisture, and forecast precipitation and temperatures into account.
    • The chances of surface runoff in the next 24 hours are displayed on the overview map of the state.
    • Zoom to street level and 7 days of weather conditions and runoff chances are predicted.
    • Risk is grouped into 3 categories: Low, Medium, and High.
    • When the risk is Medium, it is recommended that the applicator evaluate the situation to determine if there are other locations or later dates when the application could take place.
  • Field Application Resource Monitor from OSU. Visit: https://farm.bpcrc.osu.edu
    • F.A.R.M. allows users to define their location of interest (using Google Maps) and receive 12- and 24-hour precipitation forecasts to aid in the application of fertilizer, manure, and/or pesticides.
    • F.A.R.M. also utilizes a database of historical forecasts allowing users to search previous dates.
    • Gives you a red light or a green light on application.

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