Ohio unveils two new nutrient management tools

The Ohio Department of Ag has launched two new nutrient management tools to help improve water quality.

David Daniels, director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture says innovative technology will help Ohio farmers take big steps in improving water quality.

Earlier this week the department launched two news tools for farmers to use to help make better management decisions.

Director Daniels says the Ohio Applicator Forecast tool is designed to help nutrient applicators identify the best time to apply fertilizer.  “It will, first of all, let you know if you can make management decisions about whether or not to apply today,” he says.  “And if you apply today what is the chance for run-off – not only in the next 24 hours but looking two to three days out.”

He tells Brownfield the Ohio Agricultural Stewardship Verification Program is a pilot certification program for farmers in Henry and Wood counties.  “Those farmers who are going toward certification and verification – this is over and above,” he says.  “People have said – people will not do these steps voluntarily.  And yes they will.  We were at a couple of operations today that said they would.”

The program certifies farmers who apply and meet criteria developed by ODA’s Division of Soil and Water Conservation.  Some of the requirements include developed nutrient management plans, current soil tests, and documented best management practices. 

AUDIO: David Daniels, director, Ohio Department of Agriculture

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