The Manure Management Planner (MMP) was originally developed by Purdue University for use throughout the United States. In collaboration with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, MMP has been adapted for use in Alberta.
The user enters information about the operation's fields, crops, storage, animals, and application equipment. MMP helps the user allocate manure (where, when, and how much) on a monthly basis for the length of the plan (1-10 years). This allocation process helps determine if the current operation has sufficient crop acreage, seasonal land availability, manure storage capacity, and application equipment to manage the produced manure in an environmentally responsible manner. MMP is also useful for identifying changes that may be needed for a non-sustainable operation to become sustainable, and determine what changes may be needed to keep an operation sustainable if the operation expands.
User guides introduce you to the MMP program and to other programs that MMP can work with. All of these programs have extensive documentation in the form of help that is accessible from within the programs, as well as on-line information on their respective web sites. However, because of the large amount of information available for these programs, these user guides attempt to give a concise overview of setting up these programs and using them together. It also gives important tips that might be obvious to the experienced user, but could easily be missed by those just starting out.
Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, having no control over individual soil tests, lab evaluations and environmental conditions makes no representations or warranties, expressed or implied, as to the predicted yield responses to fertilizer use generated by this system and assumes no responsibility or liability for use of the program.
The software is distributed as an installation program named SetupMMP-0310.exe. When you click on the above link, your browser will prompt you with a Save As dialog box. In the Save in box, select the folder where SetupMMP-0310.exe should be saved. For example, you might save the file to your computer's Temp folder.
Once you've selected a folder, click the Save button and downloading will begin.
Once you've successfully downloaded SetupMMP-0310.exe, you're ready to install the software, as follows:
- Double click the SetupMMP-0310.exe file
- Click the Start button and click Run.
- Type c:\temp\setupmmp and click OK. This runs the setup program, which installs the software.
Note: If you downloaded SetupMMP-0310.exe to a different folder, substitute your folder for c:\temp.
Tip: After you've successfully installed the software, you can delete SetupMMP-0310.exe from your hard disk.
MMP User's Guide and Notes
The User's Guide provides a tutorial on the use of MMP
- MMP User's Guide - 981 KB PDF
The Notes for using MMP in Alberta file provides important information about installation and user information notes.
- Notes for Using MMP in Alberta – 46 KB PDF
Frequently Asked Questions
The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) file provides answers to common questions about MMP.
- MMP FAQ 2008 - 40 KB PDF
Additional information can be obtained from the Manure Management Planner home page.
Feedback and Questions
To provide feedback or if you have any questions please contact:
Trevor Wallace, P.Ag.
Nutrient Management Specialist
Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development
Environmental Stewardship Division
6547 Sparrow Drive
Leduc Alberta T9E 7C7
Phone: 780 980-7587
Fax: 780 980-4237