MMP Michigan Template Updated

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Technicians who work with livestock farmers will find the below MSU press release of interest regarding the updated MMP Michigan Template.

 Free software is available for manure nutrient management plans

After the manure is spread, the job still isn’t done till there is a paper trail.  I won’t bother trying to convince you that it will be good for you, even though it is.  And I won’t tell you it is easy, cause it isn’t.  But I would like to tell you about a new development that might be useful.   For some time, there has been a free computer software manure planning tool available through Purdue.   The Michigan Dept. of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) has recently funded an upgrade that now allows Michigan farmers and nutrient management plan providers to print off the data in a greater variety of tables.  Both options are free. You may find the basic software at www.agry.purdue.edu/mmp

Once this is loaded to your computer you can add the Michiganized output template by going to this web site:  http://msue.anr.msu.edu/resources/michigan_cnmp_dll_template/  There are directions at this web site for the download. 

The most valuable thing this software can do for you is knowing your soil test values, crop needs and manure applications and quickly calculating how much, if any, more fertilizer you need on the field.   Balancing fertilizer and manure is no easy task and this calculation can also directly impact your wallet and help you stay in compliance with Right to Farm. 

By Right to Farm Guidelines, all livestock farmers, of any size or species, should have a written plan for manure applications.  They do not have to be elaborate, or computerized to meet Right to Farm.  This computer program is easy to use and free, so I suggest you start here before expending a bundle of money on more elaborate systems.   \

If you are a permitting livestock farm, you probably have a hired plan provider.  They may already have your data in this MMP software and could provide your farm data to you electronically (the files can be emailed) and then you or your farm staff could utilize this program to keep track of manure applications and know the agronomic value and resulting fertilizer needs.  Many plans that have been written for NRCS may also have been entered into this software and again, producers could get their data from their consultants.   

Manure and nutrient management is an ongoing priority.  Hopefully, these computer tools can help meet required needs and be useful to the farmers.  

MAEAP revises monthly farm verification news releases

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

MDARD has revised and updated the MAEAP news release announcing farm verifications in any system (Farmstead, Livestock, or Cropping).   The release will include farm name, site city, site county, local Conservation District, and what system(s) the farm is verified in. The release will be sent out to local media, MSU Extension Offices, local legislative offices, and local Conservation Districts. We recommend to get in touch with your local media outlets to make sure the announcement is released. Also, we would like you to share any verification pictures.   Please send them to Tyler Charles at charlest@michigan.gov.  We will be posting them on our MAEAP Facebook page,  feel free to post them on your district pages and just mention MAEAP in the post, so it links back to the our page.  If you have any questions, contact Tyler at 517-373-3721.