A day to make the most of manure

You’ll find lots of fertile topics for discussion at this year’s Manure Science Review. Set for Wednesday, Aug. 7, at JIMITA Holsteins in Strasburg, Ohio, the event will keep you up to date on putting manure to good use. Featured will be talks by CFAES and other experts, field demonstrations, and a tour of Bull Country Compost located nearby in Dundee. Registration is $25 by July 30; $30 after July 30; and includes coffee, doughnuts, lunch, and the tour. Participants can earn credits for continuing education. Get details. (Photo: Getty Images.)

Compost operator course coming soon

CFAES’ 2019 Ohio Compost Operator Education Course, planned for anyone involved with commercial and large-scale composting, is coming soon, set for March 27–28 on CFAES’ Wooster campus. Some of the many topics to be covered: principles, biology, testing, marketing, and site design and management.

Registration is $275 for the first participant from an organization or company; $225 for each additional participant from the same organization or company; and includes materials, continental breakfast, and lunch.

For a list of all the topics, location and other details, and a registration form, download the flyer for the course.

When you break it down, it’s really a very positive thing

Manure Science Review, co-organized by CFAES, is set for July 25 in Forest in northwest Ohio. Its full day of talks and demos will showcase ways to put manure to good use — helping food production, soil health and a farmer’s bottom line, while also protecting water quality. Find details, including a link to register. (You’ll save $5 if you sign up by July 16.)

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.)