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Technical Tools

These documents require Microsoft Excel
Manure Assessment Risk Index (MARI)
Michigan Phosphorus Index
Nutrient Balance Spreadsheet, Livestock
Michigan Common Seeding Table (PDF) - Includes seeding rates, species selection, planting instructions, etc. for conservation practices including cover crops, conservation cover, critical area planting and others
Michigan State University-Developed Spreadsheets
Nutrient Recommendations for Vegetable Crops in Michigan
Nutrient Recommendations for Mineral Soils
Micronutrient Fertilizer Recommendations for Vegetable Crops

RUSLE2 - Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation Version 2

RUSLE2 was developed primarily to guide conservation planning, inventory erosion rates and estimate sediment delivery. Values computed by RUSLE2 are supported by accepted scientific knowledge and technical judgment, are consistent with sound principles of conservation planning, and result in good conservation plans.

RUSLE2 is an upgrade of the text-based RUSLE DOS version 1. It is a computer model containing both empirical and process-based science in a Windows environment that predicts rill and interrill erosion by rainfall and runoff. The USDA-Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the lead agency for developing the RUSLE2 model.

Official NRCS RUSLE 2 Download Web page

Michigan Modular Soil Erosion System (MOSES) 2016 Data
These are zipped GDB files which require WinZip

Area 1 - Upper Peninsula (12.3MB) Alger, Baraga, Chippewa, Delta, Dickinson, Gogebic, Houghton, Iron, Keweenaw, Luce, Mackinac, Marquette, Menominee, Ontonagon & Schoolcraft counties
Area 2 - Northern Lower Peninsula (12.5MB) Alcona, Alpena, Antrim, Arenac, Benzie, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Clare, Crawford, Emmet, Gladwin, Grand Traverse, Iosco, Kalkaska, Lake, Leelanau, Manistee, Mason, Missaukee, Montmorency, Ogemaw, Osceola, Oscoda, Otsego, Roscommon & Wexford counties
Area 3 - SW Lower Peninsula (11.6MB) Allegan, Barry, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Clinton, Eaton, Kalamzaoo, Kent, Ionia, Mecosta, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana, Ottawa, St. Joseph & Van Buren counties
Area 4 - SE Lower Peninsula (11.8MB) Bay, Genesee, Gratiot, Hillsdale, Huron, Ingham, Isabella, Jackson, Lapeer, Lenawee, Livingston, Macomb, Midland, Monroe, Oakland, Saginaw, Sanilac, Shiawassee, St. Clair, Tuscola, Washtenaw & Wayne

Windows Pesticide Screening Tool

The Windows Pesticide Screening Tool (WIN-PST) can be used to evaluate the potential for pesticides to move with water and eroded soil/organic matter.  Long-term human and fish toxicity data and ratings are also included with WIN-PST.  These toxicity ratings can be combined with the off-site movement potential ratings to provide an overall rating of the potential risks from pesticide movement below the root zone and past the edge of the field.

Download the WIN-PST

Contact Ruth Shaffer, Water Quality Specialist for assistance with WIN-PST.
Phone:  517-324-5239

Michigan Technical Contact

Jerry Grigar, State Agronomist
Phone:  517-324-5250