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Several manure management events throughout Iowa and the Midwest are being offered by commodity groups, local producers, watershed groups, equipment manufacturers, state agency staff and extension services during this summer and fall.
Some of these events require registration. For more information regarding these events, including directions, please visit the Iowa Manure Management Action Group (IMMAG) Web page at http://www.agronext.iastate.edu/immag/ and click the Events button. The list on the IMMAG Web is updated continuously throughout the year.
Manure Application Education Day – Aug. 7. The NRCS office in Carroll County has scheduled a manure application education day beginning at registration at 9:30 a.m. The event will begin at 10 a.m. and continue to 2:30 p.m. Lunch will be served. Demonstrations will include how to calibrate a manure spreader and collect manure samples for nutrient analysis. Discussion will also include the proper use of a Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan and a brief regulatory update. Directions to the site: take Grant Road south of Hwy 30 in Carroll, go approximately a half mile to Anthony Road, go east a quarter mile past Keumper Fieldhouse. The site is located in an alfalfa field on the north side of the road. For more information contact Kelly Heather at (712) 792-5785, extension 3.
Upper Midwest Manure Handling Expo-Manure Tech 2007 – Aug. 21. This year's Expo will be held at the Dairy Forage Research Center Farm near Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin (between Madison and Wisconsin Dells). Featured highlights of this year's event include demonstrations of pit agitation, tanker, dragline and solid manure application equipment, hose laying and live action confined space entry/rescue and manure spill response demonstrations.
Educational seminars include compost barn management, sod and pasture manure application, tools for evaluating soil moisture in the field, runoff prevention and manure management in no-till. A trade show and equipment vendor display (from application to treatment, in-barn handling to environmental risk assessment) round out the event. There is no admission charge. ManureTech 2007 is sponsored by the Professional Nutrient Applicators Association of Wisconsin, in cooperation with University of Wisconsin Extension and the USDA Dairy Forage Research Center. For more information, and an updated list of vendors exhibiting, visit www.wimanuremgt.org. Watch the Web site for updates on tentative equipment information, including the remote controlled sonar boat for measuring solids in a manure storage structure and floating pit dredge boat for sand and solids removal. For information, contact Ted Bay at (608) 723-2125 or Kevin Erb at (920) 391-4652.
Ag Field Day- Aug. 23. The Winnebago Soil and Water Conservation District in cooperation with NRCS and ISU Extension are sponsoring a manure management and strip-till field day located a half mile south of Hwy 9, on 90th Ave. The field day begins at 9:30 a.m. and will continue through mid-afternoon with lunch being served. The field day will focus on manure sampling, equipment calibration, and meeting application rates, including discussion on the P-index. A local EQIP participant will also share his success story of converting from conventional tillage to no-till/strip-till and the benefits he has seen. There will be strip-till demonstrations in the morning with all manure activities to follow after lunch. For more information contact Brenda Tenold-Moretz at: (641) 584-2211Manure Management Clinic- Aug. 28-29. The purpose of this clinic is to train service providers, commodity partner, agency personnel, extension field staff and producers in issues related to manure management. This is the fourth year for this clinic, and unlike the previous years, this clinic will not focus on species-specific issues but will focus on a broader range of topics that will help take manure management to the next level. Topics for the clinic include: regulatory update; on-farm mortality composting; trends in feed management; no-till manure application; siting livestock facilities and manure application issues. Registration information and a complete program agenda can be found at: http://www.aep.iastate.edu/feel/manure.html.