Nutrient management plans developed to meet Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) EQUIP program criteria can be developed by Certified Crop Advisors in the State of Ohio as a service to their farm clientele. Nutrient management plans take soil fertility recommendations one step further and start to assess the environmental concerns of field sites to nutrient runoff/loss via nutrient indexes plus assessing erosion and other resources concerns on the farm. Ohio State University Extension is offering workshops on Nutrient Management Plan Development to assist CCA’s in preparing their first plans.
The workshop will be held on February 25th from 9:30 until 3:30 at Wood County OSU Extension, 639 S. Dunbridge Rd., Bowling Green. The Workshops will use an example farm to go through the process of developing a Nutrient Management Plan. The workshop utilizes two pieces of software that have been developed for putting these plans together plus Word Report Templates developed by Ohio NRCS. MapWindows GIS with MMP tools and MMP are the software products used. The latest versions of both software products can be downloaded from Purdue University at the website http://www.purdue.edu/agsoftware/mmp/.
The workshops are day long programs from 9:30am until 3:30pm. It is highly suggested to bring along a laptop with software loaded since this is designed to be a hands on workshop using the program with an examples farm. Pre-registration is required. Registration links and more information can be found at https://agcrops.osu.edu/events/using-nutrient-management-plan-development-software.