Dane County, supporters offer farmers better way to spread manure
July 31, 2017 by Wisconsin State Farmer
July 31, 2017, Waunakee, WI – A coalition of government, farmers, businesses and clean water advocates have come up with plan to help more farmers in southern Wisconsin apply liquid manure more effectively without disturbing the soil so other conservation practices can be protected.
Dane County Executive Joe Parisi announced the partnership July 13 at Carl F. Statz and Sons machinery dealer in Waunakee, another partner in the project.
The effort will make available a Low Disturbance Manure Injection (LDMI) toolbar – a way to apply liquid manure while cutting down on soil erosion, odors and the amount of phosphorus leaving their fields, Parisi said during a short ceremony.
“Our partnership reflects a unified effort between local leaders and businesses to ensure the Yahara Watershed stays clean and healthy while providing farmers with innovative tools they need to succeed in an environmentally friendly way,” he said.
Dane County and the Yahara Watershed Improvement Network (Yahara WINS) will each allocate up to $60,000 to purchase a manure tanker and the toolbar. Yahara Pride Farms will rent a tractor from the Waunakee-based implement dealer to haul the tanker and LDMI toolbar on each participant’s fields.
The county’s share of the deal is contingent upon approval of the allocation by the county board.
Brian Peterson, with Field’s, a Mt. Horeb-based manure handling business, said it makes sense to him to have a specific tractor dedicated to using the manure-injection equipment.
“That will give it uniformity from use to use,” he said. “They wanted to have something that any farmer could use.”
The unit which was at the press conference is one that is being used on a Waunakee area farm, Henson Brothers Dairy, and several other farmers in the watershed are using the technology. Field’s will supply a new manure tanker, toolbar and unit once the deal is finalized.
The technology was shown to farmers at a Yahara Pride field day and it created a lot of interest, Peterson said. “Farmers like it because you can’t see a lot of disturbance after it goes over the field – not like you’d see with a shovel-type injector.”
The flow is based on a pump and PTO speed as well as tractor speed, he explained and the unit coming for Yahara Pride will have a flow meter which will indicate to the driver how many gallons are going on.
“This system, once it was showcased in this watershed, built interest further away than just right around here,” Peterson said. “It has been building interest through the county and the region.” READ MORE