As part of their Manure Management Advisory System, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture now offers their Runoff Risk Advisory Forecast in a mobile friendly format. The system is designed to help growers time manure applications to minimize runoff and nutrient loss.
Users can either manually enter a location using latitude and longitude or can utilize GPS to pinpoint their location. The runoff risk forecast takes into account such factors as soil moisture, land cover, slope and the weather. This is also a great tool when planning chemical fertilizer applications as those applications are equally subject to runoff as manure. The full release from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture follows with links to the service and more...
Runoff Risk Forecast Now Available for Phones, Tablets
MADISON - Just in time for the spring thaw, Wisconsin's Runoff Risk Advisory Forecast is now available in a format that is friendlier for mobile devices.
The mobile device page is available at http://www.manureadvisorysystem.wi.gov/app/mobile/rraf. It reads the user's current latitude and longitude from the phone or tablet and provides the latest runoff advisory for that area. Users can enter other locations by hand using longitude and latitude. They can bookmark the site in their phone or tablet browser, but they must activate location services (GPS) for the internet service they use on those devices so it can find their location and download the pertinent information.
Staff from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the University of Wisconsin developed the new mobile application.
The forecast is still available on laptop and desktop computers as well, at www.manureadvisorysystem.wi.gov. Wisconsin's online runoff risk advisory system is part of the Wisconsin Manure Management Advisory System that provides maps showing short-term runoff risk for daily application planning, and also maps for long-term application planning. The runoff risk forecast is updated three times a day by the National Weather Service and takes into account soil moisture, weather and factors such as land cover and slope.
The system was developed by DATCP, the National Weather Service, U.S. Geological Service, and University of Wisconsin.