Manure Science Review in Ohio
By Marg Land
July 6, 2009, Wooster, OH — Learn the best ways to manage manure, use
it on your land and know if you’re doing it right at Ohio State
University’s 2009 Manure Science Review.
You’ll find detailed sessions on management practices, application rates, nutrients levels and ways to keep accurate track of them.
It’s offered twice: in Strasburg in northeast Ohio on Tuesday, July 21; and in St. Marys in western Ohio on Thursday, July 23.
“Assessment is an attempt to get producers/farmers to take a closer look at how they are managing their operation relative to maintaining water and air quality resources,” said Jon Rausch, program director of Ohio State University Extension’s Environmental Management Program and one of the event’s speakers and organizers.
“We’ll be looking at primarily management practices which are water quality-related, but within an economic context,” he said. “For example, managing water on the farm will minimize the quantity of water that needs to be hauled with manure and also minimizes the quantity of polluted water moving off the farm.”
Hours are 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. at both locations.
The morning joint session (9 a.m.-noon), a hands-on workshop called Nutrient Management I, will use a workbook to determine crop nutrient needs, manure application rates and crop nutrient balance.
The afternoon session (1-4 p.m.) offers two concurrent workshops:
Nutrient Management II: building on the morning workshop with an in-depth look at nutrient management issues, including an on-site assessment of application best management practices, or BMPs.
Inventory and Evaluation: on-farm assessment focused on specific areas of concern and identification of mitigation options for manure handling.
“Our goal is to help producers understand why it is important to think about potential off-site impacts their operation may be having and how to minimize or eliminate these impacts,” Rausch said. “The best way to do that is to experience firsthand how some of the more typical problems have practical solutions developed by other farmers.”
Register by July 16 and the cost is $10 for the morning workshop, $10 for the afternoon workshop and $10 for lunch.
Register after July 16 and it’s $15 for the morning, $15 for the afternoon and $15 for lunch.
You can sign up for the whole day’s program or for either of the workshops alone.
Or send your name, address, e-mail address, choice of date, workshop choices, whether you want to buy lunch, and payment to Mary Wicks, OARDC/OSU, Ag Engineering Building, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, OH 44691. Make checks payable to OARDC/OSU.
Call 330-202-3533 or e-mail email@example.com for more information.
The June 21 program starts at the Manor Restaurant, 753 S. Wooster Rd. (U.S. 250) in Strasburg. The afternoon workshops are at the restaurant and at the Rowe Dairy, 9877 Strasburg-Bolivar Road (County Road 99), also in Strasburg.
On June 23, the morning workshop is at the St. Marys Hall, 10752 State Route 364 in St. Marys; the afternoon workshops, at the hall and at the Brown Dairy, 7535 State Route 364 in New Bremen.