Fertilizer Applicator Training

Fertilizer Applicator Certification Training

Fertilizer certification is required if you apply fertilizer to more than 50 acres used for agricultural production grown primarily for sale. The deadline for fertilizer applicators to be in compliance with Ohio Law is 9/30/2017. To learn more about who needs certification, and trainings near you, visit the Ohio Nutrient Education website.

Program Progress

As of 4/30/2016, the program has trained 11,859 applicator throughout Ohio. The number of applicators trained and certified in each county, as reported by Ohio Department of Ag, can be found here.

OSU Extension has trained more than 10,000 Ohio farmers on best practices to apply fertilizer (2 min) (link)

Training Videos

These videos are provided as review materials for anyone interested in soil fertility information related to plant production and water quality impacts. To attain Fertilizer Applicator Certification you must attend a workshop where training is offered. To learn more about who needs certification, and trainings near you, visit the Ohio Nutrient Education website.

1. Introduction: Fertilizer Applicator Certification Laws-- SB150 and SB1 (10 min) (link)

2. Calculate 12 and 24 Hour Precipitation Forecasts (10 min) (link)

3. Water Quality and Agriculture (5 min) (link)

4. Agriculture and Types of Water Quality Impairments (7 min) (link)

5. Why the Focus on Agriculture? (7 min) (link)

6. Edge of Field Studies (6 min) (link)

7. Soil Sampling (6 min) (link)

8. Soil Sampling and the Lab (9 min) (link)

9. Tri-State Fertilizer Recommendations and Phosphorous Management (15 min) (link)

10. Training Exercise 1: Reading a Soil Test Result for Phosphorous (15 min) (link)

Download used with video: Exercise 1: Reading a Soil Test Result for Phosphorous

11. Training Exercise 2: Making a Fertilizer Recommendation (15 min) (link)

Download used with video: Exercise 2: Determining P Nutrient Rec. and Fertilizer Rate

12. Water Quality and the Fate of Nitrogen (4 min) (link)

      a. Nitrogen Cycle (6 min) (link)

13. Determining the Nitrogen Rate and Timing for Ohio (11 min) (link)

14. Tools for predicting Crop Nitrogen Need (11 min) (link)

15. Recordkeeping with OnMRK app (coming soon)

Other Supplementary Materials

Fertilizer Applicator Certification Training Manual 2017

Nutrient Testing Laboratory Listing

FactSheet: Soil Sampling to Develop Nutrient Recommendations

FactSheet: Guidelines for Choosing a Soil-Testing Laboratory

Exercise 1: Reading a Soil Test Result for Phosphorous

Exercise 2: Determining Phosphorous Nutrient Recommendations and Fertilizer Rate

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