Application Risk Advisory System

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Clean Water Fund
Minnesota Department of Agriclture and MN.IT Services
Recipient Type
State Government
Start Date
April 2014
End Date
June 2018
Activity Type
Technical Assistance
Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2013: Chapter 137, Article 2, Section 3
Appropriation Language

M.L. 2013: (d) $1,500,000 the first year and $1,500,000 the second year are for research, pilot projects, and technical assistance on proper implementation of best management practices and more precise information on nonpoint contributions to impaired waters. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2018.

2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

After this system is developed and deployed, we plan to track the number of Minnesota farmers and crop advisers that use it when applying manure and other nitrogen fertilizer products.

Measurable Outcome(s)

This system is currently under development

Project Overview

The Application Risk Advisory System is web‑based and provides alerts when conditions are favorable for nutrient loss to water, based on soil conditions and National Weather Service forecast models. This system enables farmers and commercial applicators to avoid applications of fertilizer and manure during conditions when the potential for loss to surface water is high.

The Application Risk Advisory System is similar to a system developed by Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection and the University of Wisconsin‑Madison ( It is anticipated that, like what is occurring in Wisconsin, risk alerts will be picked up and communicated via radio, print, and social media.



About the Issue

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is working with regional partners to develop a coordinated system in multiple states. This project is led by the National Weather Service (NWS). They created a YouTube video ( to describe this effort, discussion of the "application risk tool" begins at the 2:30 minute mark.

Project Details

The Application Risk Advisory System also integrates and enhances the MDA’s existing Six‑Inch Soil Temperature Network ( to provide better spatial presentation of soil temperature for guiding fall anhydrous ammonia application. This enables applicators to follow the BMP of waiting for soils to cool to 50º F in the fall before applying anhydrous to reduce losses of nitrate to water.

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Minnesota Department of Agriculture
Street Address
625 Robert Street North
St. Paul
Zip Code
(651) 201-6098