OCAMM odds & ends

June 1, 2018
Demonstrating manure spreader calibration at the 2017 MSR

Wednesday, July 25, 2018  |  Hardin County, Ohio
Learn how to avoid manure spills, limit spreading weeds with manure, and more.  See demonstrations on surface runoff, soil health, side dressing, manure spreader calibration.  Continuing education credits available.     
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From Ohio Ag Net:
Sediment and nutrient loading progress being made in Grand Lake St. Marys. Bill Knapke with Cooper Farms notes that farmers have improved  management of  manure and commercial nutrients. Wright State University research documents a 20-50% reduction in nutrient loading in a major creek as well as benefits of installed wetlands.     Article

An evolution in conservation and nutrient management: Kevin Elder reflects on his career.  From a technician with the Fairfield SWCD to chief of the ODA’s Division of Livestock Environmental Permitting, Kevin Elder provides insights on the past, present, and future of manure management in Ohio.     Article

Regulations, water quality and agriculture. Manure application regulations in Ohio vary between watersheds and for different size farms and do not always follow current best practices, resulting in confusion. And, even when rules and best practices are followed, unexpected events, such as storms, can result in manure in a stream.      Article

From the Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center:
WATCH NOW: Animal Manure’s Impact on Soil Properties.  If you missed the webinar on the relationships of land applied livestock manure and other organic materials to soil aggregation, resistance to erosion, and microbial dynamics in consideration of field characteristics it’s available now.    Recording

From the Ohio Beef Cattle Newsletter:
Side dressing manure into newly planted and emerged corn. Glen Arnold (OSU) discusses the effects of surface applying or incorporating liquid manure into corn, from day of planting to the V4 stage, on yields.     Article

From Morning AgClips:
How to reduce Lake Erie phosphorus sources. A study by an Ohio State agricultural economist concluded that taxing phosphorus, which would be paid by farmers with the proceeds used to help defray conservation measures and compensate those affected by water quality issues, would be the most cost effective means of reducing P levels by 40%.     Article

From the Christian Science Monitor:
Wanted: Innovative farmers to help slow algal bloom on Lake Erie.  Current efforts by Ohio farmers to reduce nutrient loading to Lake Erie range from injecting manure to recreating Black Swamp wetlands.     Article

From Manure Manger:
New patented technology removes phosphorus from manure. The MAPHEX system developed by Penn State and the USDA ARS uses a 3-stage process that can remove 92% of solids and 95% of P from dairy manure. However, the cost must be reduced before it can be used on-farm.    Article