MN/ISU Extension host Nutrient & Sand Laden Management Field Day

On Thursday, September 25, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and University of Minnesota Extension will jointly host a field day tour in SE MN focusing on nutrient management and methods to handle sand.  Discussions will focus on nutrient management including various options and methods to manage total farm nutrient balance, manure management, and nutrient runoff.  Managing nutrients from manure is becoming a high priority among most livestock farmers for economic and environmental reasons.
For those traveling from Iowa, vans will be available and leaving the Northeast Iowa Dairy Foundation in Calmar at 8 AM or participants can drive separate and meet at each site. Event locations:
·         9-10 AM, Eric & Gail Nelson Farm, 15043 Gap Drive, Caledonia, MN, 350 cow dairy featuring a 2-stage sand system.   Directions: From Caledonia, take MN State Highway 44 west, south out of town.  In four miles when Highway 44 curves to the left, go straight on Gap Drive.  Farm is .5 mile on the right. 
·         10:30-12:30, John & Karyl Diersen Farm, 8245 Co. Rd 3, Caledonia, MN, 135 cow dairy featuring daily haul sand system.  Directions: From Caledonia, go east on County Road 3(East Main Street), go 5 miles, farm on the right side of road.  Registration opens at 10:00 AM, with the program beginning at 10:30.  Free noon meal to farmers and allied industry.  Agenda:
Ø  Local SWCD and Watershed District introduction
Ø  Jose Hernandez, UMN Extension Livestock Nutrient Management Specialist, “Manure Economics and Manure/Soil Interaction”.
Ø  Larry Tranel & Jennifer Bentley, ISU Extension Dairy Specialists, “Sand Economics”.
Ø  Kevin Kuehner, MN Dept of Ag, “Nutrient Runoff Data from Local Farms”.
Ø  Randy Pepin, UMN Extension Educator Livestock Systems, “Phosphorus Balance Case Study Overview”.  Included will be discussion time with the Diersen Family and their experience with nutrient management and a tour of their facilities.
·         1:30-3:00, Johnson Rolling Acres, 24486 Bear Paw Road, Peterson, MN, 1000 cow dairy featuring a sand flush, settling, and sand cleaning system.  Directions: From US-52 N/MN-44 follow to Canton and go north on County Hwy-21 for 8 miles, then take sharp right onto County Hwy-12 for 1.3 miles and a left on County Hwy-23 for 1.9 miles.  Stay straight to go onto County Hwy-10 for 6 miles and then turn right onto Bear Paw Rd.
To help us plan for food and van capacity, pre-registration is requested. In Iowa, contact the Winneshiek County Extension Office, Jenn Bentley at jbentley@iastate.edu or 563-382-2949. In Minnesota, contact the Houston County Extension Office at 507-725-5807 or steve.rischette@co.houston.mn.us.  Workshops are sponsored by University of Minnesota Extension, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the North Central Risk Management Education Center.

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