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Correct verifiable years with farm records
5. Entering farm record data
Once you have run Smart Defaults for historic and crop rotations for future rotations, you now have a populated Spreadsheet. However, since these records are based on defaults, you'll need to update the spreadsheet with your farm records for the verifiable years. The verifiable years are the starting switch year to the present (the year you adopted regenerative practices), plus the 3 years prior to the switch. We will explain this in the section below. But we first want to orient you to the spreadsheet itself.
On the field boundaries page, you will find a button to "open records", under each field name. This will lead you to the Nori spreadsheet. The Nori spreadsheet is where all of your data will live. This sheet consists of a series of tabs: one named Inputs, one for each field in your project, and one for the energy use of the project.
Inputs - The inputs tab curates all of the agronomic management options to your specific operation and associates these options to a Soil Metrics Classification.
Field - Each field you upload within your Nori Project is contained within a single tab on the Nori Spreadsheet. Each tab will contain all agronomic data for that field from years 2000 - 2030.
Energy Usage - This final tab on the spreadsheet accounts for the energy usage of the farm operation. This information is not needed for a Soil Metrics model run. Nori may ask for it to account for the net carbon usage.
If you uploaded your records via a data spec, most of the work is already complete. However, if you are updating records manually, you will follow the steps below:
Populate / edit the inputs tab.
Populate / edit the data field by field.
Populating data field by field
Once the inputs tab is complete, it is time to begin entering data within each field. This will be the most time consuming step of the Nori process and is expedited by having all of your farm records organized prior to beginning this step.
Nori is organized on a field by field basis, not year by year, so select the field tab at the bottom of the page to begin.
We are guiding you to begin substituting the Smart Defaults data with your farm records for your verifiable years. These years are the years you adopted regenerative practices for each field, along with 3 years prior to the first year these practices were adopted (the switch year). The switch year is defined on a field by field basis.
If the field history or Switch Date for the specific field you are working on differs from your general practices defined in the inputs tab, it can be changed in the field tab. Select the “ + “ sign that is to the far left of the “Details” column title at the top of the spreadsheet to expand this section of the spreadsheet. Change any variables as needed, then select the “ - ” sign to re-collapse the field history section.
Scroll down the spreadsheet to the years highlighted in yellow to begin entering your data. These color codes (found in column C) highlight important years for your Nori Project. Years highlighted in yellow indicate years prior to the Switch Year that will be verified to show that practices changed and determine a baseline of soil organic carbon (SOC). The verifiable baseline is used to estimate the improvement of SOC due to conservation practices. Years highlighted in green indicate the management practice Switch Year through present. And the year that is italicized indicates the Nori project start year. Again, the Nori Project start year is the first year that a field is eligible for grandfathered NRTs, which is defined on a field by field basis, not a project basis. Enter data for all of the agronomic operations for the years highlighted in yellow or green. This section is the most intensive step of the Nori Program Enrollment as each cell needs to be validated from records. For guidance on each section, see the Explanation of Nori Spreadsheet cells for specific guidance for each variable.
Explanation of Nori Spreadsheet cells
The below table lists each type of data that is asked for in the Nori spreadsheet, with guidance on the importance and purpose of each variable to the Soil Metrics model. These rankings only reflect importance for Soil Metrics use and do not provide guidance on the importance to verification.
Data Entry FAQs
What if I have more than 4 events to list? Are there more rows per crop?
You can add up to 16 events per year for a given section, though these additional rows are hidden. Select the + button to the right of the year to expand more rows.