Manure Science Review to focus on reducing phosphorus runoff, more
By Tracy Turner
GROVER HILL, Ohio - Reducing phosphorus runoff, a concern related to protecting water quality and preventing harmful algae blooms, will be just one of the topics when Ohio State University presents Manure Science Review 2012 on Aug. 9 in northwest Ohio.
The event is an educational program for anyone involved in the handling, management or utilization of livestock waste, including farmers, Extension educators, government personnel, certified crop advisers and professional nutrient applicators.
Experts from Ohio State and state and federal agencies will cover the following topics: using liquid manure in ways that increase the application window; using swine or dairy manure to side dress corn; best practices and systems for composting livestock mortality; using settling tanks to separate swine manure; using tile drainage to limit nutrient runoff; using draglines to inject manure nutrients; and using cover crops to reduce erosion and increase nutrient retention.
Ohio State University Extension Educator Greg LaBarge, also one of the leaders of OSU Extensionís Agronomic Crops Team, will discuss on-farm practices that can reduce phosphorus runoff from liquid manure and poultry litter, including timing and mass balance considerations.
The event runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at McClure Farms, 21460 Road 48, Grover Hill, in Paulding County.
Registration is $30 by Aug. 1, or $35 after that date and at the door. It includes a continental breakfast, lunch and all materials. Members of the Midwest Professional Nutrient Applicators Association receive a $5 discount. Participants should send their name, affiliation, address, and telephone number or email address to Mary Wicks, OARDC/OSU, Administration Building, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, OH 44691. Checks should be made payable to OARDC/OSU.
Participants will be eligible for the following credits: 4.5 Ohio Department of Agriculture Certified Livestock Manager continuing education hours, 2.0 Certified Crop Adviser Nutrient Management continuing education hours, 2.5 CCA Soil and Water Management continuing education hours, and 4.5 Professional Engineer continuing professional development hours.
Sponsoring the program are the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, OSU Extension, the Ohio Livestock Coalition, Ag Credit, Farm Credit Mid-America, the Ohio Department of Agriculture, the Ohio Division of Soil and Water Resources, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service.
OARDC and OSU Extension are the research and outreach arms, respectively, of Ohio Stateís College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.