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Fertilizer applicator record keeping rules are in place

By Harold Watters, Ohio State university Extension agronomist

I have done half a dozen fertilizer re-certification trainings this winter so far. There have been many questions — that’s good. It means you are thinking. When we first rolled out the required training, there was complaining about everyone else who also is contributing to the problem. Now that seems to have gone away and folks are looking for ways to reduce the problem on their own farm. I am hearing they forgot about some of the requirements that they need to follow. One big item that we hear from ODA inspectors is the need to record the application of fertilizer. Within 24 hours of any nutrient application, record:

  • Name of fertilizer certificate holder
  • Name of applicator working under direct supervision of certificate holder
  • Date of application
  • Location (field ID, farm)
  • Fertilizer analysis (such as 11-52-0)
  • Rate of fertilizer application (lbs/A), number of acres, and total amount applied
  • Fertilizer application method (surface-applied, incorporated, etc)
  • Soil conditions
  • For surface applications only: is ground frozen or snow covered?

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