Models & Tools to Improve Manure Management: Part II

This webinar features the Oregon NMPT, an internet-based record keeping and planning tool, and the Ruminant Farm Systems (RuFaS) project, which aims to build an integrated, whole-farm model that simulates milk, meat, and crop production, and critical metrics of sustainability from ruminant farms. This presentation was originally broadcast on October 20, 2023.

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RuFaS: Manure Module -Modeling Gas Emissions and Nutrient Dynamics

Kristan Reed, Cornell University (17:26)

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An Introduction to the Nutrient Management and Planning Tool (NMPT)

Tom Thomson, Northwest Agricultural Consulting and Bruce Wilson, H&R Engineering LLC (16:51)

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Oregon NMPT Summary (Additional Handout)

Questions from the Audience

All presenters (15:15)

Questions for Kristan Reed and the RuFaS Project

    • What software is required to run this model?
      • Right now, RuFaS is a python model so you can run it on any OS system that has Python (v3.9 or later) installed. In July, you will be able to use the FARM-ES tool to get some summarized outputs from RuFaS. While we have not officially made this decision as a RuFaS group, I believe we will have a web-based interface that we host. However, the goal of publishing the model under an open source license is that other people (and businesses) can incorporate it into their own software. I hope that answers your question!
    • Will the Functionalities be similar to MMP, currently used to create nutrient management plans for producers?
      • I had not heard of the MMP tool before today! Support for NMPs is one of the potential applications we have discussed with our stakeholder advisory councils but we have not initiated any of the review processes with state regulators to know if that is a realistic option. The underlying soil erosion model is based on one of the RUSLE models which (to my understanding) underpins many of the soil nutrient loss estimates for NMPs

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