Livestock producers and others interested in learning more about manure application technology are encouraged to attend the Western Ohio Manure Application Technology Field Day being held on Thursday, July 31st at Homan Inc at 69115 Olding Road, Maria Stein in Mercer County.
A morning educational program from 9:30am to 11:30am will be held at the Homan Inc barn. Topics will include Nutrient Management-National, State, and Local Perspectives: Senate Bill 150-On-farm impacts: Utilizing Manure Nutrients to Improve Nitrogen Utilization and Management: Cover Crop Selection to Conserve Nitrogen for the Following Year: and BioSecurity for Manure Applicators
An afternoon field day will last from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. Toolbars to incorporate manure such as the Yetter, Dietrich and Aerway will be demonstrated. Bazooka and KIFCO equipment will also be demonstrated. The afternoon field day will be repeated that evening from 6:00pm to 9:00pm.
Harrod Farms will have their VIT unit on display. This toolbar was used to sidedress (incorporate) swine manure into almost 100 acres of corn at the V1 stage this spring using a drag hose. Manure applied will be dairy or beef; no swine manure will be used.
Several farmers in Ohio have started sidedressing corn with livestock manure using a manure tanker and incorporation toolbar. Manure tankers can be adapted for corn rows by utilizing narrow wheels and wheel spacers. At this field day corn will be sidedressed using a tanker and Dietrich toolbar.
The field day will also discuss Cover Crops as a 2nd Forage. Cover crops are great for soil erosion control and they can also be a good source of additional livestock feed.
This field day is being organized by the Mercer County Extension office, the Grand Lake St Mary/Walbash River Watershed Alliance, and the Mercer County Soil & Water Conservation office. Certified Crop Advisor Credits and Certified Livestock Manager credits will be available.
There is no cost to attend the Western Ohio Manure Application Technology Field Day and preregistration is not necessary. Participants are asked to sign-in upon arrival to the site.
For more information contact the Mercer County OSU Extension office at 419-586-2179 or the Mercer County SWCD office at 419-586-3289. A flyer can be found at http://mercer.osu.edu/announcements/2014-manure-technology-day.