OCAMM odds & ends

June 28, 2017
Demonstrations begin at the 2014 MSR

Check out the 2017 Manure Science Review, coming August 2 in Paulding, Ohio.  Program and registration details

And, here's more news from the manure world:

From OSU Extension;
Fact Sheet: Interpreting Manure Sample Test Results. A good description of how to determine manure application rates to meet crop nutrient needs while minimizing runoff risks. Fact Sheet

From Ohio Ag Net:
Wayne County dairy manure storage inventory survey. The survey provides baseline data on current dairy manure storage capacity and potential impacts on farmers of expanding it. The survey was conducted to assess potential impacts of SB 1, which regulates manure/fertilizer application on frozen or saturated soils in the Western Lake Erie Basin but is expected to be extended. Article

ODA introduces new tools for water quality. The Ohio Applicator Forecast uses National Weather Service data to predict the potential for runoff risk, allowing producers to make better decision on when to apply nutrients. The Stewardship Verification Program certifies farmers in targeted watersheds in Henry and Wood counties who meet specific criteria. Article

From Morning Ag Clips:
Managing manure so everyone wins. Eric Dresbach (custom applicator) and Kevin Elder (ODA) discuss the importance of planning and communications for getting the most value out of manure nutrients, while minimizing odors and runoff risks, during application. Article

OFBF funding water quality projects. The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and partner organizations are investing in projects, ranging from educational programs to testing water from subsurface tiles, to help improve water quality in local communities. Article

Turning chicken poop into biofuel. Researchers in Africa are converting poultry litter and Mexican sunflowers, an invasive weed, into biogas via an anaerobic process. Article

From Manure Manager:
Resaerch shows the benefits of gypsum. ers at Penn State have shown that recycled drywall used for dairy bedding and other sources/uses of gypsum can reduce the risk of P runoff, but drawbacks include increased odors and the risk of hydrogen sulfide emissions when agitating manure storage pits. Article

Constructed wetlands show promise in managing nutrients. Wetlands, constructed at sizes of 3%, 6%, and 9% of the total drainage area and used to capture and treat water from subsurface drainage tiles, have shown N reductions of 30-46% and P reductions of 45-91% in a Nature Conservancy study. Article

2017 North American Manure Expo. August 22-23, Arlington, WI. Trade show, educational demonstration, and more. Details

From Karen Mancl (OSU):
Low Cost Treatment of Meat Processing Wastewater. OSU tour and workshop at Whitewater Processing, Harrison, OH. Two dates in 2017: July 13 and September 28. Program details and registration

Septic System Workshops. OSU workshop on green and sustainable wastewater treatment systems. Three dates in 2017: July 19, August 1, Dec. 7. Program details and registration

From Popular Science:
All mammals poop in 12 seconds and there’s and equation for the ‘duration of diarrheal defecation’. The title may say more than you want to know, but inquiring minds can read more. Article