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Water Wednesday: Ohio Nutrient Management Record Keeper (ONMRK)

Once a month, Ohio Farm Bureau will highlight a water quality project from around the state on #WaterWednesday. Check in throughout the day or follow us on Instagram,@OhioFarmBureau.

Ohio Farm Bureau has dedicated $350,000 in the last two years to provide grant funding for water quality projects all across the state. One of the most widely used projects is the Ohio Nutrient Management Record Keeper (ONMRK) smartphone and tablet application. Developed by the Knox County Farm Bureau and Knox County Soil and Water Conservation District with additional funding from The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District and The Ohio State University Extension, ONMRK is a compliance tool that allows farmers to know the weather prior to manure and fertilizer applications and record their applications right in the field!. ONMRK has over 1000 downloads so far and is being used in many states outside of Ohio.

#WaterWednesday this week is highlighting the Ohio Nutrient Management Record Keeper (ONMRK). The ONMRK smartphone and tablet application provides farmers with a tool to make weather based decisions on when to apply fertilizer and manure but also allows for quick and easy record keeping. The app was funded by Ohio Farm Bureau’s water quality grant initiative and created by Knox County Farm Bureau and Knox County Soil and Water Conservation District with additional funding from The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District and The Ohio State University Extension. — The Ohio Nutrient Management Record Keeper is today’s highlight on #WaterWednesday. — #ohio #farm #farmer #farmlife #farm365 #ag #agriculture #ohiofarm #ohiofarmer #ohioag #ohioagriculture #ohiofarmlife #ohiofarm365 #ohiogram #ohioexplored #ourohio #water #WOTUS #ohiowater

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The first screen when opening ONMRK provides for detailed weather information based on the user’s location. The farmer is provided with the percent chance of rain, the amount of rain, and the 12 and 24 forecast of rain in order to fulfill weather guidelines for applying fertilizer and manure in the Western Lake Erie Basin in Ohio. The law states that you can not spread manure or fertilizer on frozen, snow covered or saturated ground unless incorporated into the soil within 24 hours. Also, fertilizer can not be spread if there is over a 50% chance of more than one inch of rain in the next 12 hour period and can not spread manure if there is a 50% chance of rain of more than one half inch in the next 24 hour period. ONMRK will give a green indicator if the weather allows for application and a red indicator if the weather is outside the range of appropriate application. — The Ohio Nutrient Management Record Keeper is today’s highlight on #WaterWednesday. — #ohio #farm #farmer #farmlife #farm365 #ag #agriculture #ohiofarm #ohiofarmer #ohioag #ohioagriculture #ohiofarmlife #ohiofarm365 #ohiogram #ohioexplored #ourohio #water #WOTUS #ohiowater

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Amanda Domsitz 

Amanda Domsitz is a communications specialist for Ohio Farm Bureau.