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Manure stockpile with drainage to storage pond

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Tomorrow - free webinar: Measuring and Understanding the Effects of Conservation within Watersheds |May 28 at 3 pm EDT | Research findings on the impacts of conservation practices in different watersheds.  |  Details

Free webinar: Manure Challenge Grand Final | June 2 at 11 am EDT | Eight finalists from international start-ups will pitch their ideas for solutions for capturing value from manure-based nutrients. The winner will receive $50,000 to support her/his work.  |  Details

Free webinar: Litter Nutrients and Management in Poultry Systems | June 19 at 1:30 pm EDT | Learn how changes in poultry genetics and production practices affect litter characteristics, how to predict changes in nutrient availability for optimum crop growth, and more.  |  Details

From Manure Manager
Improving manure through feed quality | Cycling nutrients from feed to animal to manure to crop can optimize production. Because the availability of manure nutrients varies with species, storage, application method, and other factors, analysis of manure, soil and feed rations is needed to ensure balance.  |  Article

A soils-first approach to manure management | Since transitioning to organic milk production in 1999, the Alexandre Family Farm, which includes four dairies, has returned manure nutrients and organic matter to improve the soil. Manure is composted and is stored in aerated retention ponds.  |  Article

Saving it up | An Environmental Defense Fund enterprise analyses of four Pennsylvania dairies concluded that implementing conservation practices, including manure storage, improved nutrient management, cover crops, stream fencing,  and conservation tillage, can have positive economic impacts and help farmers weather economic challenges.  |  Article  |  Download report

Manure Minute: Stockpiling, siting and sizing, oh my!  Planning is important when locating a stockpile for manure storage. Water drainage, wind direction and the volume of manure and bedding need to be considered.  |  Article

Turkey power | Using 250 tons/day of turkey litter, Power Resource Group is generating  2 MW/hr and 75,000 tons of steam/hr. The litter is collected from area farms and delivered to the site where it is dried before use (appears to be combustion system). Plans are underway for facilities that can utilize other manures and wastes.  |  Article

From SWCS NewsBrief:
Papers published by the Journal of Soil and Water Conservation provide evidence that USDA conservation practices work | A review of studies show impacts of cover crops, subsurface placement of nutrients, and other conservation practices on sediment and nutrient runoff and other measures.  |  Article   | Note: See link to tomorrow’s webinar about this review.