Preparing for Fall Land Application
By Angela Rieck-Hinz, Department of Agronomy, Iowa State University
This newsletter arrives as your thoughts turn to harvest and subsequent land application of manure. Take a few minutes prior to the busy harvest season and land application to prepare for manure application. Some things to consider include the following:
Calibration of Equipment
Do you know how much manure you really apply? An easy way to determine your application rate is to calibrate your equipment. Iowa State University Extension has two publications that can assist you in calibrating equipment.
Calibrating Liquid Tank Manure Applicators - PM 1948 is available from the Extension online store at http://www.extension.iastate.edu/Publications/PM1948.pdf or you may order copies through your local extension office.
Calibration and Uniformity of Solid Manure Spreaders - PM 1941 is also available online at http://www.extension.iastate.edu/Publications/PM1941.pdf or through your county extension office.
Emergency Action Planning
Also, review your emergency action plan to prepare for any accidental manure spills or leaks. Review this plan with family members and employees. Make sure that everyone involved in the livestock operation knows where to find a copy of the plan, how to implement the plan, and how to report spills if needed. Some resources include:
Emergency Action Plans - PM 1859 is available at the Extension online store http://www.extension.iastate.edu/Publications/PM1859.pdf or can be ordered through your county extension office.
Iowa Pork Producers Association - Emergency Action Planning is available on the Web at: http://www.iowapork.org/Portals/iowapork/IPPA_EmergencyForms_2008.pdf