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Time for Great Lakes Manure Handling Expo almost here


July 11, 2008
By Manure Manager staff

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Planning is pretty much complete
for the 2008 edition of the Great Lakes Manure Handling Expo, scheduled
for July 9 at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center, located just north
of London, Ohio.

Planning is pretty much complete for the 2008 edition of the Great Lakes Manure Handling Expo, scheduled for July 9 at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center, located just north of London, Ohio.

With a theme of ‘The Economics of Recycling’, the one-day event features educational and commercial field demonstrations, educational sessions and commercial vendor displays.

As fertilizer prices continue to soar, crop producers are becoming more and more interested in what manure can provide for their soil fertility needs. In light of this, managing manure to get the most from it as environmentally soundly and as safely as possible is becoming even more important. Events being held at the expo will help livestock and crop producers do just that.
The educational sessions available at the event include:


  • Manure 101: The Superior Fertilizer –
    Understanding how the application rate and timing affect utilization of nutrients is key to maximizing the value of manure. Learn to calculate the value of manure nutrients as well as the role of calibration. Presented by Robert Mullen, Ohio State University soil fertility specialist.

  • Records: What? Why? How? –
    Good documentation of manure application can save time and money. Records are important in determining nutrient needs and essential evidence in the event of an accidental spill. Presented by Kevin Elder, Ohio Department of Agriculture, Livestock Environmental Permitting Program.

  • Growing a Management Team –
    Good communication between producers and applicators is the key to a successful team. What key pieces of information do producers and applicators need to ask and tell each other? Presented by Bill Knapke, Cooper Farms.

  • Safety Concerns –
    Livestock buildings and other spaces where manure is confined may create safety issues such as high emissions of gasses or particulates. How can these emissions be reduced and what safety measures should workers follow? Presented by Dee Jepsen, Ohio State University Extension state safety leader.


Great Lakes Manure Handling Expo – The Details

When: July 9, 2008.

Where: Molly Caren Agricultural Center, 135 State Road (SR) 38 NE,
London, Ohio.

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Directions:
• East – Take Interstate 70 to State Road (SR) 29 south and follow
US 40 west.
• North – Take State Road (SR) 56 to US 40 east or State Road (SR) 42 to US 40 west.
• South ­ Take State Road (SR) 38
to the site.
• West – Exit Interstate 70 at State Road (SR) 56 south to US 40 and take US 40 east to the site.

Where to stay:
For those coming from farther a field and out-of-state, please visit http://fsr.osu.edu/lodging.html for a map highlighting some of the area hotels and motels. Some of the facilities close to the expo site include:
• Holiday Inn Express, 1-70 & US 42,
exit 79, London, Ohio.
1-800-HOLIDAY.
• Knights Inn, 870 US 42 NE, London, Ohio. 740-852-9415.
• Comfort Suites by Choice Hotels,
121 Raydo Circle, Springfield, Ohio.
937-322-0707.
• Days Inn, 11 West Leffle Lane, Springfield, Ohio. 937-322-4942.
• Hampton Inn, 101 West Leffel Lane, Springfield, Ohio. 937-325-8480.
• Holiday Inn – Holidome, 383 East Leffel Lane, Springfield, Ohio.
937-328-8631.
• Ramada Limited, 319 East Leffel Lane, Springfield, Ohio. 937-328-0123.

Demonstrations:
• Liquid manure application.
• Solid manure application.
• Slurry seeding.
• BMP for stockpiling manure.
• Managing soil compaction.
• Equipment safety.

Educational sessions:
• Manure 101.
• Application records.
• Growing a management team.
• Safety concerns.

Case studies:
• Using liquids on crops.
• Brokering and custom application of poultry manure.
• Environmental management.
• Extending the application window.

For more information:
Contact Tami Combs at:
(614) 292-6625 or combs.155@osu.edu.
You can also visit the Ohio Environmental Management in Agriculture web site for updates at: http://oema.osu.edu


Case studies will also be presented at the Great Lakes Manure Handling Expo. These will include:


  • Using Liquids on Crops –
    How do manure application rates and timing affect crop production, the environment and the bottom line? Experiences from two farms will be shared.

  • Brokering and Custom Application of Poultry Manure –
    Excess manure nutrients can provide an additional source of income. How can a third party help market those nutrients? What are the potential risks and liabilities?

  • Environmental Management –
    The role of the custom applicator is expanding to include assessing the whole farm nutrient balance and recommending application practises. How can the producer and applicator ensure quality control to enhance economic and environmental goals?

  • Extending the Application Window –
    Management of manure storage is important to maximizing value and minimizing risks. How can practises such as side dressing help?


Educational demonstrations will round out the Great Lakes Manure Handling Expo.

Topics to be covered include:


  • Calibration of manure handling equipment and application rates for solid manure;

  • Liquid manure application;

  • Best management practises for stockpiling manure;

  • Managing soil compaction;

  • Slurry seeding application; and

  • Maintenance and proper handling of equipment to ensure safety.


The 2008 Great Lakes Manure Handling Expo, held as a sister event to the Upper Midwest Manure Handling Expo, is sponsored by Ohio State University Extension, the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, Michigan State University, Purdue University, Penn State University, Cornell University, Ohio Composting and Manure Management, and the Midwest Professional Nutrient Applicators Association.

To obtain more information about the Great Lakes Manure Handling Expo and learn about any last minute details, visit http://oema.osu.edu, or contact Tami Combs at (614) 292-6625 or combs.155@osu.edu

2008 Great Lakes Manure Handling Expo Schedule

8:30am – Gates Open and Exhibits Open

9:00am – Educational Sessions (all four run concurrently)
1. Manure 101
2. Records: What? Why? How?
3. Growing a Management Team
4. Safety Concerns

9:45am – Educational Demonstrations (concurrent)
1. Liquid Manure Application
2. Solid Manure Application

10:30am – Exhibitor Demonstrations

11:45am – Case Studies (all four run concurrently)
1. Using Liquids on Crops
2. Brokering and Custom Application of Poultry Manure
3. Environmental Management
4. Extending the Application Window

12:30pm – Educational Sessions (all four run concurrently)
1. Manure 101
2. Records: What? Why? How?
3. Growing a Management Team
4. Safety Concerns

1:15pm – Case Studies (all four run concurrently)
1. Using Liquids on Crops
2. Brokering and Custom Application of Poultry Manure
3. Environmental Management
4. Extending the Application Window

Also concurrent Educational Demonstrations
1. Slurry Seeding
2. Stockpiling BMPs
3. Equipment Safety
2:00pm – Exhibitor Demonstrations



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The smoke from the smoke machine wafts up from cracks in the soil,
showing where liquid manure can easily gain access to a field tile.
  R Frank Gibbs, a resource soil scientist with the U.S. Department of
Agriculture-Natural Resources Conservation Service in Ohio,
demonstrates his smoke machine. Visitors to the 2008 Great Lakes Manure
Handling Expo will have an opportunity to see this first hand during an
educational demonstration of liquid manure application.
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Visitors to the Great Lakes Manure Handling Expo will have an
opportunity to see manure application equipment at work, weather
permitting.
  A crowd of participants watches the demonstrations held during the last Great Lakes Manure Handling Expo, held in 2006 in Michigan.
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The Great Lakes Manure Handling Expo allows participants to learn first hand about manure management issues.