The first Nutrient Management Plan Development Workshop is slated for July 21-22 in West Lafayette, Ind. It is hosted by Purdue University's Department of Agronomy.

“This is an interactive workshop for participants of all experience levels interested in developing a nutrient management plan,” says Brad Joern, Purdue extension specialist. The workshop will focus on developing nutrient management plans (NMPs) from a software perspective. “The software tools that we will be using in this workshop are designed to streamline the NMP development process as much as possible,” he adds.

The workshop will cover the following tools: 

  • The Missouri Clipper Web site, where planners can download aerial imagery and spatial and tabular data needed to start the planning process. 
  • Map Windows Geographic Information System software. This is a tool planners can use to draw field boundaries, application setbacks, sensitive features and conservation practices based on data retrieved form the Missouri Clipper Web site. 
  • The Manure Management Planner. This software is where the majority of the planning process occurs, including soil erosion and other risk assessment calculations. It can be used to create a nutrient management plan or a Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan that will meet the national planning requirements for both Natural Resource Conservation Service and EPA.

Workshop enrollment is limited to 60 people, and the $125 registration is due by July 1. If room is available after July 1, registration will be $150. Click here for the registration form and agenda.

Source: Purdue University