Before you begin...
Gather! Your! Records! From everywhere they may be stored… farm software, paper records, your head, back of a napkin, etc. Gather everything in one place prior to beginning enrollment as this will help streamline the process. As stated earlier, enrollment in the Nori Pilot takes time, effort, and organization. The following tasks are needed prior to beginning enrollment:
Select fields for your project - Select eligible fields from your operation for the Nori Pilot.
Ensure that you can get the authority of assignment for the fields you plan on entering. Anyone who has controlling interest in the land must assign you as the Primary Contact which gives you control and responsibility under the terms of the NRT agreement.
Become familiar with the Nori NRT agreement. We want you to be comfortable with what you are signing up before you invest much time into the process.
Retrieve field boundary files - Nori defines a field as a parcel of land that has maintained the exact field management from 2000 - present. Therefore, if a field is partially irrigated and partially non irrigated, it should be separated into two fields. Each field you enroll in your Nori project must have a field boundary. Often you can export field boundaries from a farm software tool. Boundaries are simply outlines of your field that capture total acreage and need to:
Be in geojson format
Have between 1 - 3 polygons per field
Be a complete polygon, re: containing no holes within the field
Contain no overlapping boundaries within a field
Polygons must have less than 100 points. If it is more than 100 points they can use the "simplify boundaries" option in the app to have the app automatically attempt to reduce the number of points in the polygons
Determine your Switch Year on a field by field basis.
Gather all farm management records of your operation from as far back as you can (at least 3 years prior to the Switch Year) through present. Specific data needs are listed below.
Think through a general idea of your future crop rotations for the next 10 years. This may be as simple as planning a two to three year rotation and applying it to the following 10 years.
Have a broad idea of how the land was managed prior to the 1980s (e.g. non irrigated row crops, dryland prairie, etc)
Gear up. Set aside time for getting the work done. This is a heavy lift.
Specific data needed for Nori Project per year: