Questions and Answers

General Program Functions

Can I use producer files created in Access 2003 in the Access 2007 version of NMP?
Yes, easily. (Before uninstalling the Access 2003 version of NMP3.0, be sure to save your producer files to a new location.) After installing and starting the Access 2007 version of NMP3.0, simply open one of the Access 2003 producer files. Once opened, you can convert the file to the Access 2007 format or work with it in the Access 2003 format. Once converted to Access 2007 format, the file cannot be opened by Access 2003.

I get an error when I try to start the program.
Solution #1: Make sure you have the right version of the software loaded for your version of Access.

Solution #2: Check your security settings. The security settings may be preventing any code or macro from running. To eliminate this problem follow these steps:

  1. Start MS Access from the Windows Start button.
  2. Click on the Office Button and then click Access Options at the bottom of the Office Button menu.
  3. Click on Trust Center on the left side of the Options window, and then click on Trust Center Settings at the middle right of the window.
  4. Click on Macro Settings, then select Enable all macros, then click OK.
  5. Click OK in the Access Options window, exit MS Access, then restart the NMP program.

Some buttons are not functional.
Check the macros security settings in Microsoft Access. You must allow the use of macros.

Why doesn't manure information carry over to the Manure and Crop Nutrient Calculator?
The Manure and Crop Nutrient Calculator (formerly the "Minimum Acres Calculator") runs as a separate program. It is calculating manure nutrients at the farm-scale over multiple years of a future, planned rotation, whereas the NMP calculates manure nutrients at the field-scale for a single year of actual or planned applications.

The Manure and Crop Nutrient Calculator is only run periodically for strategic long-term planning when there is a significant change in the operation. It is not used for annual planning.

My newly created producer file was deleted after I got the following error message "Microsoft Office Access can't delete [file name] after compacting it. The compacted database has been named [file name]."
This is a bug in Access 2007. It can be fixed by updating MS Office with the latest service pack (SP2).

Inventory Forms

I tried to override the STP level and coarse textured soil, but the changes didn't stay.
Phosphorus test and soil texture must be changed in the "Field Soils Information" inventory form.

Can I delete a manure batch?
Yes, by clicking on the "Delete Batch" button on the Manure Source Inventory form. However, this will affect prior year plans. You won't be able to generate records of past applications using the deleted batch. It may also affect up-coming plans if you're trying to determine past manure credits.

Even if you don't delete them, unused batches will not appear on reports related to planned applications. However, all batches, including unused batches, will appear in the Manure Source Information report.


Problem printing Manure and Crop Nutrient Calculator reports from the main NMP software. The reports appear correctly in preview, but when you click the print button you get a request for a parameter value.

  • Instructions for fixing this problem (.pdf)
  • Operator ID Finder for Access 2003 (Access database, 200KB). Read the instructions above before using this file.
  • Operator ID Finder for Access 2007 (Access database, 450KB) Read the instructions above before using this file.

Where can I see manure nutrient availability estimates?
Go to the "Manure Info" Inventory page. Click on the button in the upper right corner of the page.

Where is the "Sensitive Area Practices" report?
The sensitive practices section is streamlined in Version 3.0. It now has a “Fields with Sensitive Features or Conditions” report. That report does not specify the alternative BMPs to use in those fields. Rather the user prints out two separate general reports on practices used in sensitive areas. Those reports are titled “Nutrient Application Restrictions in Sensitive Areas" and “Management Practice Considerations for Nitrogen and Phosphorus”. Look for those reports under the “Prepare USDA-NRCS Plans” tab, in the "Strategic Plans" or "CNMP” guidelines. The planner is expected to recommend sensitive area practices and insert the practices in the applicable portions of the Strategic Plan or CNMP templates. The planner is also expected to automatically incorporate these recommendations into future annual nutrient management plans as well as on field maps (relative to setbacks etc).