A manure sidedress for a new occasion

CFAES’s Glen Arnold and Sam Custer have developed a way to spread liquid manure on young growing field crops like corn. Their new design serves to (1) boost the plants’ uptake of the valuable nutrients in the manure, (2) save farmers money on manure disposal and fertilizer costs, all while (3) reducing the risk of the nutrients getting into water. Read the story.

No waste left behind; or, big doings soon in London

Holstein cowsThe 2016 North American Manure Expo is about to land in Ohio. The big event, covering the serious business of using livestock leavings to help grow crops, while doing it safely and greenly, is Aug. 3-4 at CFAES’s Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London, about 25 miles west of Columbus. Read the story…

Steps in the right direction

Better manure application, cleaner waterGlen Arnold (not him pictured, nor his boots), co-organizer of Aug. 12’s Manure Science Review and a specialist with CFAES’s outreach arm, OSU Extension: “Every positive step we take in properly applying manure is a positive step in the direction of better water quality.” Get details on attending the event. (Photo: Fuse.)

When you consider the other choices, ‘manure’ is actually pretty refreshing

image of green field and blue water 2Good manure storage improves the health not just of livestock and crops but of waterways, say organizers of a farmer panel discussion at the Aug. 14 Manure Science Review. The panelists, all northeast Ohio dairy producers, will share their plans and practices for storing manure. (Hat tip to George Costanza.) (Photo: iStock.)

Watch: ‘This is food for your soil’

If you’re interested in compost bedded pack dairy barns, University of Vermont Extension has an excellent, straight-from the-farmer introduction to how it works here (video, 6:23). The compost produced by such a system “all goes back to the soil,” says organic dairy farmer Guy Choinere. “This is, for me, a fertilizer factory. It’s producing what I need to grow crops.”