By March 1st of 2022, all ranches to which TNA reporting applied under the previous Ag Order (3.0) are required to report Total Nitrogen Applied (TNA) to their 2021 crops.
The requirement to report TNA in 2022 includes ranches that began Ag Order 3.0 in 2017 as Tier 2 or Tier 3 ranches, but were later converted to Tier 1. Preservation, Inc. is aware of only two exceptions to this:
The TNA reporting requirement will be phased in for other ranches/growers beginning in 2024. The information reported in 2024 will be for crops grown during 2023.
Third Party members must use Preservation, Inc’s TNA reporting tools to submit their TNA reports by March 1st of 2022 (see below for more info on 2022 reporting tools).
Please upload your completed report to Preservation, Inc’s “TNA Report Submittal“ page. If you experience any problems uploading your report to the above-linked page, please email it as an attachment to: Support@ccwqp.org
If you are unable to complete a spreadsheet or do not have access to Microsoft Excel software, please contact us at 831-240-9533 or Support@ccwqp.org.
No. The reporting form itself looks different, but the information required is exactly the same. Preservation, Inc. does not require submittal of any information that is not also required by the Central Coast Water Board.
Growers who use our “Tool” to complete the report will enter additional information in the record-keeping and calculation tabs provided. We provide these additional tabs for growers who do not already have their own record-keeping and calculation systems. This additional information is for the grower’s own records, and does not go on to be submitted to the Water Board.
Updates can be made in the GeoTracker Web-Form (i.e. where the original report was made), OR an updated/revised report can be submitted through Preservation, Inc. In the latter case, any existing reports for the 2021 crop year will be overwritten with the information provided by Preservation, inc. (This will overwrite, not duplicate, the prior report. And the submittal made through Preservation, Inc. needs to contain the complete report, not just the updated/revised records.)
Wherever possible, Preservation, Inc’s members should make these reports/updates using Preservation, Inc’s reporting tools. The steps are the same as for a regular TNA report, and this should be completed by 3/1/2022 or as soon thereafter as possible.
If you wish to submit or update a TNA report for a terminated ranch via GeoTracker, you must contact the Water Board and request that the ranch be temporarily “reactivated.” You must then make your report or updates in GeoTracker before the close of the temporary reactivation period.
Per Water Board guidance, growers must measure soil-N and maintain this information in their records. For the TNA report that is due by 3/1/22, growers that did not measure the N present in soil for their 2021 crops should do the following:
It is fine to report “0” pounds applied if you did not apply any fertilizer-N to a crop, provided this is an accurate reflection of your practices. This is an acceptable value and will not be flagged as a true “Error.” You may, however, receive a “Warning,” which is simply a prompt to double check and confirm that your entry was correct and not a typo. Your final report will be accepted, even if you do not make any changes in response to the Warning.
In this case, simply select “NR” (Not Recorded) from the drop-down menu to indicate that the value is unknown. You cannot leave this item blank.
For now, C:N ratio is an optional field that will be used in the future as part of the INMP summary report to determine the organic fertilizer discount factor for the amount of nitrogen mineralized during the first 12 weeks in the year it was applied.
Update 2/14/22: Quite a few growers have this question, and we expect to have a response from the Water Board shortly. In the meantime, one option is to calculate a “weighted average C:N ratio,” based on all fertilizers applied to the crop. This way, the crop can be entered as a single line-item, with a single weighted-average C:N ratio.
For example, if you used Fertilizer A for half of your total N-application, Fertilizer B for one-quarter of your total N-application, and Fertilizer C for the rest (i.e. one-quarter), then multiply the C:N ratios by 0.5 (Fertilizer A), 0.25 (Fertilizer B), and 0.25 (Fertilizer C) prior to summing to get the weighted average.