Navigation Basics

The Nutrient Tracking Tool was designed to be user-friendly and contains the following pages:

On the Projects page, users can create a project by entering the name and description of the project, opening saved/example projects, or uploading projects from local source.

On the Location page, the users may delineate the field or fields in their project using the interactive map. Alternately, users may upload their own shape files.

On the Fields page, the users can verify the fields drawn on the Location page. Clicking on the fields allows the user to further define the field characteristics in the Soils and Management pages.

On the Soils page, the users may add new soil(s). Additionally, users may verify or delete the soils returned by the SSURGO database for their field. Users are also asked to indicate the soil P content for the field.

On the Weather page, the users may select the source of weather information, as well as the length of simulation.

On the Management Scenarios page, users can create and name one or more management scenarios for the field. Each management scenario must be further defined in the Operations and Conservation Practices sub-project pages. Once the management scenario(s) has been defined, users may also simulate the scenario(s) by selecting the box next to the scenario name and clicking “Simulate”.

On the Operations page, users can create the crop schedule and define management for the given field management scenario.

On the Conservation Practices page, users may indicate the conservation practices that are in place on the field for the given field management scenario.

On the Results page, users can view and compare results of up to three management scenarios for a given field in tabular or graphical presentations. In addition, a PDF-formatted report for the project and results summary will be available for download.

On the Field Routing page, users are able to create and name field routing scenarios. This can also be used for simulating different scenario(s) in multiple fields or subbasins within a watershed. A routing scenario will route runoff, sediment, and nutrients from one field to the next (within a subbasin and from a subbasin to the next if used for a watershed) in the specified order. For each routing scenario, users will need to list the field-scenario order.

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