As a county SWCD office we acknowledged the need to help our area farmers and decided to apply for a $250,000 GLRI Grant through the state of Ohio. This grant is focused on reducing nonpoint source nutrient runoff from agricultural source reduction component for subsurface injection of manure and promotion of nutrient management. Our proposed work goal is to reduce nutrient loading to the Auglaize River basin and the Western Lake Erie Basin, specifically, dissolved reactive phosphorus. With this GLRI Grant we will be able to help provide area farmers with equipment to pump out their own manure.
Through the grant we were able to purchase a 16 unit, 20” spacing Bazooka Standard Toolbar ,1.0-mile hose, 3-point pit pump, hose hustler, and a booster pump. To use this equipment, the land must have up to date manure/soil samples and must provide proof of insurance.
We are excited to be able to have this opportunity to work with area farmers on providing equipment to allow timely manure applications throughout the year. We would like to have a Bazooka rep or Commercial Applicator put on a demonstration for those who are interested in the toolbar. If you are interested in using this equipment or want more information, please contact Jarrod Wehinger – Allen SWCD at 419-222-0846 ext. 1006 or firstname.lastname@example.org.