4R NUTRIENT STEWARDSHIP CERTIFICATION PROGRAM – WESTERN LAKE ERIE BASIN IT BECOMES “WHO IS AT FAULT?” WHO IS WORKING ON 4R CERTIFICATION? WHO IS WORKING ON 4R CERTIFICATION? NUTRIENT SERVICE PROVIDERS 1. 2. 3. 4. Agricultural Retailers Agricultural Service Providers Certified Professionals Does not include farmers 4 SECTIONS 1. 2. 3. 4. Initial Training and Ongoing Education - 9 Monitoring of 4R Implementation - 4 Nutrient Recommendation - 32 Nutrient Application - 24 TRAINING AND EDUCATION 1. 2. 3. 4. Initial Training and on-going 2year 5 CEUs Certified Professional Provide 4R materials for all growers/customers Sponsor training for growers/customers MONITORING AND IMPLEMENTATION 1. 2. 3. 4. Number of growers/customers participating Records of farms and acres following 4R’s Records of implementation over time Records of written agreements signed by growers/customers that attest to their support of 4R nutrient stewardship NUTRIENT RECOMMENDATIONS 1. 2. 3. 4. GIS Field mapping Cropping History Soil Test – 3 year minimum interval Nutrient Recommendations – all sources NUTRIENT APPLICATION 1. 2. 3. Variable rate technology Supplies records to grower/customer Annual calibration of equipment NUTRIENT APPLICATION 4. 5. 6. Does not surfaced apply within 24 hours of heavy rainfall Does not apply to frozen soil Follows minimum setbacks from sensitive areas TIMELINE July: 4 Pilot Audits (Certifications) August: 4R Advisory Committee Review Fall 2013/Winter 2014: Begin to promote Summer of 2014: Certifications SCS – PRELIMINARY OBSERVATIONS Precision programs met most requirement. Non-precision programs didn’t fit the standard. Retailer’s had talked to customers on 4R’s. CCA’s on Staff Incorporation/tillage follow-up was hard to track. Additional Recordkeeping needed. May need to shift 100% requirement to 85%. Anticipate a summary report from SCS soon.