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Nutrient management crucial for runoff control


July 29, 2010
By Steve Bennish

July 25, 2010, St. Henry — Along the highways and roads of the
59,000-acre watershed south of Grand Lake St. Marys are the
agricultural industries that keep the towns around here prosperous.

July 25, 2010, St. Henry — Along the highways and roads of the 59,000-acre watershed south of Grand Lake St. Marys are the agricultural industries that keep the towns around here prosperous.

Livestock farms — the highest concentration in Ohio — have 3.5 million laying hens, 165,000 turkeys, 80,000 hogs, 8,600 dairy cows and 11,000 beef cattle, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

The dry fowl manure is prized as easy-to-handle, potent fertilizer and is much desired. The crucial issue for the health of the lake is how the other livestock manure is handled. Applying it to local cropland can result in runoff.

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