Ohio State Extension’s 2011 Manure Science Review will take place Aug. 16 in western Ohio and will feature educational sessions from experts in handling, managing and using manure.
The program will be held at the Winner Family Farm, 4317 State Route 47 W., DeGraff, targeting those involved in any aspect of manure management, including livestock producers and crop producers, ODNR-SWCD and USDA-NRCS personnel, Extension educators, certified crop advisors and professional nutrient applicators.
Speakers and presentation topics are:
* Alan Winner, owner of the 400-cow host farm, who will speak about the ways on-farm changes, such as separating solids, have led to more efficient water and manure management.
* Tom Noyes of Ohio State University Extension, on separating dairy solids and using them for bedding.
* Wesley Haun of H.J. Baker & Bro., on preventing nutrient loss, including year-round ways to keep nutrients in the root zone.
* Jocelyn Henderson of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Soil and Water Resources, on field evaluation as a management tool. She will explain how keeping slopes, setbacks and timing in mind and can cut the risk of nutrient runoff.
* Terry Mescher, also of ODNR-DSWR, on new manure management technologies and what farmers should ask before investing in them.
* Winner and Mescher, on ways water management can cut runoff risk, including how the farm’s solid/liquid manure separator works, how milk house wastewater can be stored to flush barns and ways to divert runoff from hard surfaces.
* Frank Gibbs of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Christine Pence of the Ohio Department of Agriculture and Steve Searson of the Logan Soil and Water Conservation District, on how manure management can cut runoff risk. This talk will feature ways subsurface pathways can lead to the discharge of liquid manure from drain tiles, calibrating equipment for accurate application and identifying effective setbacks to keep water supplies safe.
Also, Searson and Amanda Meddles of OSU Extension will lead manure application demonstrations. Among them: How to minimize the risk of liquid manure entering drain tiles and affecting infiltration rates, and how to extend the application window with side-dress application.
Early registration through Aug. 8 is $30 per person and includes a continental breakfast, lunch and all materials. Registration after Aug. 8 is $35. Members of the Midwest Professional Nutrient Applicators Association receive a $5 discount off either rate.
Download the registration form at http://go.osu.edu/Dy4, or call 330-202-3533 to receive a print copy.
Participants are eligible for 5.5 hours of continuing education credit in ODA’s Certified Livestock Manager training program; 4.5 hours of soil and water management credit in the Ohio Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) Program; 1 hour of nutrient management credit, also in the CCA program; and 5.5 professional development hours for professional engineers.
Sponsoring the event are OSU Extension, Ohio State’s Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, the Ohio Livestock Coalition, Ohio’s Soil and Water Conservation Districts, ODA, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, and ODNR.