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Manure Expo explores the future while looking behind us

July 11, 2013  by Manure Manager

Photo courtesy of Marg Land.

Jul. 11, 2013, Guelph – The North American Manure Expo will be held in Canada for the first time ever on August 20 and 21, 2013. The theme of the 2013 event is “Getting It Right: Precision manure application.”

While the equipment and trade show runs from 8-5pm on August 21st, there will be eight classroom sessions that you won’t want to miss. MORNING SEMINARS BEGIN AT 9am sharp! Details of sessions #1 and #2 are here.

Session #1 – The Path Forward (to be held Outside)

Do you wonder where manure technology will take us? What about local regulations and environmental farm plans? Sponsored by Veenhuis Equipment, this session is a must for those savvy farmers who know that the world is changing and technology is advancing. Join speakers Walter Veenhuis (Veenhuis Machines BV), Felix Weber (Ag Business and Crop Inc), and Wayne Currah (Trillium Agronomics) as they discuss the changes that we can expect in manure and organic amendments management.


Environmental consciousness, changing farmscapes and current economics are all factors that could influence the future of manure application, and our speakers will provide an enlightening view about how they see things panning out.

Will manure become a value commodity? Come and listen to the experts. Leading edge research, new tools and the European experience will provide fodder for discussion as we examine the path forward.

Session #2 – Minimizing Compaction and Road Damage (to be held Outside)

Now that you’ve had a glimpse into the future, what about the footprint you are leaving – literally? Over the years, manure application equipment has increased in size, including the tires. Oftentimes, application must be done in soil conditions that are not ideal, and this can lead to compaction damage as well as damage to roadways.

In this session, speakers Kevin Erb (Professional Development and Training Coordinator, University of Wisconsin Extension), Greg Stewart (Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food and Ministry of Rural Affairs), Jake Kraayenbrink (AgriBrink) and Sam Bradshaw (Environment Consultant) will focus on the factors that affect compaction. By knowing how it happens, and the long- and short-term impact of compaction, farmers can take steps to reduce it.

Our speakers will also touch on practical ways of reducing road damage, by discussing tire selection options, set-up and new technology, including on-the-go inflation systems, that will minimize equipment footprints on the soil and roadways.

Think you’re doing enough to reduce compaction? Join us at this session and find out!


NOTE: Sessions 3 through 8 will be featured in upcoming news items, with morning and afternoon sessions happening concurrently.

Don’t miss the North American Manure Expo, being hosted north of the U.S. border for the first time ever at the University of Guelph’s Arkell Research Station, minutes from Guelph, Ontario, Canada.

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