Greg Brenneman, Ag Engineering Field Specialist, Southeast
Large livestock producers (primarily swine producers) need continuing instruction credits in order to renew their manure applicator permits. The challenge to extension is to make the required sessions interesting and useful to the producers operation.
Manure Applicator Certification meetings were conducted in 17 locations in southeast Iowa during January and February of 2006. In addition to required materials on rules and land application, information was provided to participants on manure sampling which included video footage that was shot in southeast Iowa in 2004.
End of meeting evaluations showed 30% of respondents planned to implement a manure nutrient sampling program as a result of the training and 59% of the respondents indicated they already were testing manure for nutrient levels. Also, as a result of past training session, 63% reported developing a soil sampling program to meet the requirements of the phosphorous index in manure management plans. Even though most producers came only because "they had to" for the applicator certification, 92% indicated they received information that was useful for their farm operation.
March 15, 2006
103 - Nutrient Management
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