Explore the Features of RUSLE2 Tuesday, December 15, 2009 1129 HJ Patterson Hall University of Maryland College Park, MD 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM Estimating soil erosion on cropland is an important part of calculating the Maryland Phosphorus Site Index (PSI) and is an essential component of soil and water conservation plans. To make the process of calculating soil erosion easier, the USDA-NRCS developed a Windows-based software program known as the Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation 2 (RUSLE2), which replaces the old text-based DOS version of RUSLE. If you are an NRCS Technical Service Provider or plan to become one to develop Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plans, RUSLE2 must be used when estimating the potential for soil loss. To introduce you to RUSLE2 and show you some of the program’s features, the University of Maryland’s Agricultural Nutrient Management Program in cooperation with the USDA/NRCS and Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) are pleased to offer a free, one-day course. What is RUSLE2? RUSLE2 is a powerful software program that estimates soil loss from rill and interill erosion caused by rainfall. The program uses six factors that represent the effects of rainfall, soil erodibility, slope length, slope steepness, cover management, and support practices to compute the estimated soil erosion. Why Should You Attend This Training Session? RUSLE2 is a simple, easy-to-use electronic interface that will help you enhance efficiency when performing PSI assessments. For example, you will learn how to calculate potential soil loss by selecting database entries for site-specific field conditions rather than using look-up tables. If you are a Certified Nutrient Management Consultant, you will get 6 continuing education credits towards your nutrient management certification. How Do You Register? To register, contact Mike Webster at 410-841-5959 or e-mail WebsteME@mda.state.md.us. Registration is free, but seating is limited and you must register in advance. University of Maryland ▪ Agricultural Nutrient Management Program ▪ 1145 Cole Student Activities Building ▪ College Park, MD 20742-1038 USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service ▪ John Hanson Business Center ▪ 339 Busch’s Frontage Road ▪ Annapolis, MD 21409 Maryland Department of Agriculture ▪ Nutrient Management Program ▪ 50 Harry S Truman Parkway ▪ Annapolis, MD 21401 The cooperating agencies’ programs are open to all citizens without regard to race, color, gender, disability, religion, age, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, or national origin.
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