CDQAP has developed a new decision tree support tool to assist dairy producers and professional consultants in nutrient management system evaluation and improvement.
The tool consists of 10 “trees” that walk producers through their system using a series of yes/no questions to help them identify potential critical control points for improvement as well as conservation management practices that might be fundable through the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service. Specific areas of nutrient management plan evaluation within the trees include:
- Liquid manure water sampling and quantification
- Solid manure sampling and quantification
- Irrigation water sampling and quantification
- Plant tissue sampling and quantification
The eLearning tool’s purpose is to provide a “real time” tool that producers and their consultants can use as part of their ongoing discussions on improvements to the nutrient management system. The tool is available “24/7” online through a secure website so that it may be used whenever it is convenient for the user.
A grant through the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) program (#69-3A75-14-248) leveraged with matching funding from the California Dairy Research Foundation funded development of the eLearning tool. These types of electronically available tools, classes and information are a growing part of the CDQAP support program for dairy operators to provide greater access and flexibility in educational information to meet producer needs.
Dairy producers interested in accessing the decision tree tool or other CDQAP online courses can email firstname.lastname@example.org.