Nutrient management & Water quality

Brad Mattix and Tom Wood

Handling manure the right way

Brad Mattix really wanted around 36,000 tons of poultry manure from Trillium Farms to sell and to spread over more than 4,000 acres of farmland in Marion and Crawford counties. “The microbial activity benefits the soil and the yield potential is much better. Once we added this to the soil for five or six years, [...]

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4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program launched

More than 250 agricultural retailers and stakeholders from the Ohio, Indiana and Michigan agriculture communities attended the launch of the 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification program Tuesday in Perrysburg. The voluntary program is geared toward the long-term improvement of Lake Erie’s water quality by applying the 4R principles. The 4R approach — using the right nutrient [...]

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Water quality and nutrient management toolkit developed to address growing need

The complexities of nutrient management do not simply require occasional attention on the farm. Properly managing nutrients requires year-round effort, attention to details and careful record keeping. With these things in mind, the Shelby County Soil and Water Conservation District, Cargill in Sidney, and the Shelby County Farm Bureau teamed up to help farmers in [...]

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A strategy for determining manure management options

The concentration of livestock production facilities has contributed to excess nutrient loading, which has led to degraded surface water quality, increased algal blooms, and community concerns. Livestock manure applied to cropland can provide nutrients and improve soil conditions, but in areas with high livestock concentrations, the acreage needed to recycle manure nutrients may not be [...]

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New Year’s resolutions for livestock producers

Yes, it’s that time of year again: time to make the list — not check the list — of New Year’s resolutions for 2014. A few suggestions you may wish to consider as you go about developing your list of resolutions include the following: I will follow the 4R scientific principles of nutrient stewardship. Right [...]

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Ohio water quality bill gets revamped to buy time for research

Last summer, the Ohio Legislature introduced Senate Bill 150 to address the growing concerns of water quality, in large part through regulating nutrient management of agricultural operations. While agriculture is undoubtedly a contributor of the phosphorus being blamed for the continued problems of toxic algae development in Ohio’s lakes and streams, there is also clearly [...]

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Discovering more options for managing crop nutrients

Increasing scrutiny of the state’s water quality is demanding that farmers in Ohio take a closer look at their nutrient management practices. Those who attended this week’s research field day up in St. Johns, Mich. at the Agro-Culture Liquid headquarters got to see extensive research demonstrating how the company is feeding the needs of the [...]

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The impact of tillage on phosphorous loss

To try to narrow down a single reason that farm field phosphorous is being lost into water resources is simply not a feasible outcome of research. There are many factors that go into what is occurring in Ohio contributing to water quality issues in Lake Erie, Grand Lake St. Marys and other waterways. Farmers and [...]

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USDA-ARS Engineer Kevin King, OSU soil scientist Dr. Dayton and farmer Terry McClure are working together on water quality research

Ohio farms become sites for water quality research

There is once again a flare up of toxic algae concern along the Lake Erie shoreline about the challenges that could face the economic staple of the region and the dinking water supply for millions. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecast that the 2013 western Lake Erie harmful algal bloom will be larger than [...]

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Ohio agriculture responds to proposed water quality rules

By Matt Reese The comment period closed earlier this month for the proposed regulations for nutrient management in an effort to improve water quality in Ohio. Of course, agriculture is a key stakeholder in this debate and there were a wide variety of comments from Ohio’s agricultural organizations. One common theme running through the responses [...]

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