OCAMM odds & ends

Dec. 4, 2019
Manure stockpiled in a field for spreading.

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From the LPELC:
Free webinar: Phosphorus Management Lessons Learned from the Field | December 13 at 2:30 pm EST | Learn from the experts about tradeoffs between reducing P runoff and improving soil health,  a public-private partnership geared to developing practical on-farm solutions to water quality, and the effects of management practices on P runoff.  |  Details

From Manure Manager:
Take the survey: Manure use in cropping systems | Several institutions are looking for your input to help better understand views on the “benefits and barriers that impact farmer’s use of manure”, with the goal of improving educational programming.  |  Survey

Lower emissions when pig manure is removed more often | Researchers in the Netherlands identify practices for reducing dust, odor and ammonia emissions from swine manure, including removal from the house, cooling manure, and ‘housekeeping’ measures.  |  Article

Researchers find multiple effects on soil from manure from cows administered antibiotics | Researchers found that manure from dairy cows that had been administered antibiotics reduced the carbon stored in the soil and affected nitrogen cycling.  |  Article

Made from manure: new material for packaging | From using a toaster oven during the initial product design, CowPots, which makes potting containers from digested and composted dairy manure solids, has continued to grow and in 2019 launched a packaging line.  |  Article

From UNL Water:
Sharing animal agriculture’s sustainability story | Integration of animal and crop production, which recycles nutrients from animal feed to manure to soils and back to feed, is an example of the circular economy. Rick Koelsch discusses added complexity in today’s production systems, provides a guideline for assessing a farm’s circular economy, and more.  |  Article

Effects of manure on fish populations | Discussion of why manure is important for crop production and how manure nutrients can lead to algal blooms which can lead to fish kills. Note that the photo of dead fish is from a NY river (not OH) and was caused by excess N from ‘septic systems, pesticides and fertilizers’.  |  Article

From the US Composting Council:
Persistent herbicides and compost don’t mix | While the composting process can breakdown many toxic compounds, that does not seem to be the case for the class of persistent herbicides such as Aminopyralid. Composters have faced financial losses when organics treated with these products are included in their feedstocks.  |  Article

Finally, a little holiday manure cheer:
Harry Truman, when he was U.S President, once addressed the Washington Garden Club and kept referring to 'good manure' that must be used on flowers. Some society ladies complained (later) to the First Lady Margaret Truman, "Bess, can't you get the President to say fertilizer instead of manure?" The First Lady replied, "Heavens, it took me 25 years to get him to say 'manure'."