If so, you know that it’s a valuable but sometimes challenging material. Livestock manure provides nutrients, which can significantly offset fertilizer costs, and it improves the organic content of soil. But, it smells and can affect your health and water quality. Fortunately, knowledge and planning can ensure that the benefits outweigh the challenges.
Understanding the effects of manure application timing and methods can help improve crop yields and your bottom line. Knowing about safe manure handling and current regulations on manure nutrients can protect you and the environment. Taking the time to learn more is a smart investment.
Manure and more at the Manure Science Review
On Aug. 2, livestock and crop farmers, consultants, and others will gather at the Stoller Brothers & Sons farm in Paulding for the annual Manure Science Review (MSR). It’s a chance to learn from the experts, including livestock farmers, consultants and researchers, about manure management issues and practices.
Glen Arnold, OSU Extension Manure Management Specialist, will share results of his field research on using manure to side dress corn, a practice that can increase crop yield and extend manure storage capacity. Emily Duncan, USDA ARS, will discuss what edge of field research tells us about when and how to apply manure to minimize nutrient runoff. Manure application planning tips will be provided by Tim Wood, M&W Farm Supply, and Sam Mullins, ODA DLEP. Other presentations will focus on regulations and record keeping as well as safety practices, especially for manure storage.
Moving into the field
Always popular, this year’s MSR field demonstrations will include best practices for subsurface tile drainage to reduce preferential flow and other runoff risks. Manure application demos will provide a side-by-side look at liquid manure tool bars, frac tanks for rapid transfer, a “how to” on calibrating solid manure spreaders, and more. Participants will also have a chance to watch an emergency manure spill response demonstration.
This educational program qualifies for continuing education credits for Certified Crop Advisors, ODA Certified Livestock Managers, Ohio Professional Engineers, and Indiana State Chemist Category 14 applicators. For program and registration details, click on the link at https://ocamm.osu.edu/events.