Posts Tagged ‘manure management’

Beef Facility Comparison

July 9th, 2013

Eric Kerkman Atkins (2)Iowa State University Extension & Jackson Soil & Water Conservation District are hosting a Beef Facilities Meeting.  The purpose of this meeting is to provide information to producers who are considering feeding cattle under roof.  It will be held on Tuesday, July 16, 2013, from 9:30 – Noon at the Clinton Community College Campus in Maquoketa located at 501 West Washington Street.

 The major focus of the meeting will be to compare and contrast mono-slope deep bed pack barns, slatted floor deep pit barns, and hoop buildings.  Speakers for the program include Dr. Dan Loy, Iowa State University beef Specialist on facility comparison and management; Dr. Greg Brenneman, ISU Extension Agricultural Engineer, on manure from different types of facilities and it’s economic value; and Lori Schnoor, Jackson County District Conservationist, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), on water quality improvements to feedlots and funding available.  A panel of producer will also discuss their experience with different types of facilities.

 The meeting is free, and is open to any interested producer.  For more information on the program contact Lori Schnoor at the Jackson County NRCS office at 563-652-2337 ext. 3.

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More Rain and Manure Issues

June 4th, 2013

Angie Rieck-Hinz shares more info on rain related manure topics, including the issue of manure application and switching from corn to soybeans due to delayed planting. Check out her suggestions.

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Manure Management Concerns Caused By Recent Wet Weather

May 29th, 2013

Rieck-HinzAngela for blogAngela Rieck-Hinz, IMMAG coordinator shares a few comments relative to the wet spring and manure management.

  • Those fields that have had liquid manure applied at rates intended for growing corn can be switched to soybean on or after June 1 with no penalty of over-application of manure nitrogen. Document the changes in the crop rotation, application methods and other changes in your annual manure management plan forms.
  • Livestock producers with DNR manure management plans are reminded that if they have already applied the maximum nitrogen rate to the field, they can’t apply additional sources of nitrogen unless the need is confirmed by the use of the last spring nitrate test (LSNT).
  • Open manure storages should be monitored closely to prevent these structures from over-topping. If manure levels in storage ponds or tanks approaches full capacity producers should make plans to remove manure from these structures. Transfer manure from full storage structures to alternative storages if available. If no alternative storage is available contact the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to discuss emergency wet-weather land application before allowing a storage tank or pond to overflow. If manure levels reach one foot below the top of a concrete or steel structure, or within two feet of the top of an earthen bermed structures contact the local Iowa DNR field office.
  • Emergency manure application tips include: hauling a few loads to lighter, well-drained soils that may support manure application equipment. If using tankers consider filling them to less than full capacity to limit weight. To minimize the risk of nutrient transport, avoid fields with a high risk of runoff or flooding, consider applying to the driest portions of fields, and reduce the manure application rate. Apply to fields with flatter slopes and lower phosphorus index scores and try to apply at least 24 hours before substantial rainfall to help prevent runoff. If this doesn’t follow your manure management plan be sure to update the plan accordingly.
  • Develop and/or review your emergency application plan. Wet weather and muddy conditions increase the chances for something to go wrong and can slow response. Review the emergency response plan with employees. Emphasize who to contact, safety issues, and what to do when emergencies occur. Potential issues to discuss include how to contain the spill, who to contact (both within the company and the appropriate agencies), and how to perform the clean-up and the necessary repairs. If possible a copy of these resources should be placed in the tractor.

For more information see the IMMAG web page.

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IMMAG Update

May 13th, 2013

The May issue of the IMMAG (Iowa Manure Management Action Group) update has just been released, with features on nitrogen application relative to the recent heavy rainfall, palmer amaranth, water quality testing kits, and more.

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What’s Your Manure IQ?

May 1st, 2013

I found this quick quiz about manure management from Michigan and thought it applied to our producers in Iowa as well.  Check it out to see how much you know about manure!

Environmental Management