Chris S. Renschler
Nutrient Management Spear Program (Cornell University)
Quirine Ketterings, Associate Professor (Dept. of Crop and Soil Sciences, Cornell University)
Crop farmers across the country face the task of developing nutrient management plans for their farms. Fertilizer, pesticide, and manure applications are the primary sources of pollutant runoff and they must be monitored and carried out in such a way as to minimize risk to the environment. Cropware is a tool that provides helpful data to New York State dairy farmers for developing Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plans (CNMPs). The goal of this project is to develop a GIS-based tool, via ArcGIS ArcMap customization, for visualizing Cropware output in a GIS environment.
Cornell Cropware integrates the following tools for effective nutrient management planning:
- Cornell crop nutrient guidelines for a full range of agronomic and vegetable crops.
- Nutrient credits from many sources, including manure, soil, sod, and fertilizer.
- Equations for the conversion of soil test values from other laboratories into Cornell Morgan equivalents.
- Environmental risk indices, including the New York State Phosphorus Runoff Index and the Nitrate Leaching Index.
- On-farm logistics, such as manure production, storage, and inventories Report generation for guiding on-farm implementation.