The University of Minnesota (UM) is offering a new version of the “Nutrient Management Planner for Minnesota” software, version 4.0 for MS Windows 7 and Access 2010. The CD is available at the Extension Store, http://wrc.umn.edu/randpe/agandwq/nmpsoftware/index.htm.

The software is designed to help producers and their advisors plan field-specific fertilizer and manure applications that meet crop needs and regulatory agency requirements. Recommendations are consistent with current UM fertilizer recommendations, the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)-Minnesota 590 (Nutrient Management) Standard, and Minnesota State 7020 Feedlot Rules. The software generates reports that meet NRCS and Minnesota Pollution Control Agency requirements, and that serve producers' farm management needs.

The software includes a farm nutrient supply and demand calculator to determine the acres needed for manure applications.