July 29, 2015, Ames, IA – Summer is the best time to apply livestock manure for crop fertilization, but getting the right level is a science.
To aid farmers in nutrient management, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach dairy specialists are offering a workshop to fine-tune manure applications with soil management practices and testing.
"We will take a step-by-step approach on how to read a soil test and determine fertilizer needs," said Ryan Breuer, dairy specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach. "Instructions will be offered for reading a manure test and determining how much of the crop nutrient needs can be met with manure applications. This knowledge will optimize on-farm resources, and likely reduce commercial fertilizer costs while increasing producer income."
The two-hour workshop is from 10 a.m. to noon, with the first hour training on manure management "how-to," with examples and a step-by-step guide. The second hour will be question and answer time with extension specialists. Leading the sessions is Joel DeJong, field agronomists with ISU Extension and Outreach. Participants may bring along recent soil and manure tests from their farm operations for interpretation.
Workshop dates and locations:
Wednesday, August 19
Sac County ISU Extension and Outreach office, Sac City, 712-737-4230
Thursday, August 20
Northwest Iowa Community College, Campus Building A, Room 119, Sheldon, 712-737-4230
The program is free, but seating is limited, so please call ahead to make your reservation. For more information or to make reservations, contact the local extension county office.