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Feb. 24 workshop to explore economics of manure fertility

by 5m Editor
16 February 2006, at 12:00am

IOWA - "How much Money for the Honey?" will be the topic of a hands-on ag educational workshop by ISU Extension in Monona County, Feb. 24. The economics of manure fertility will be explored during a working lunch at the Western Research and Demonstration Farm near Castana, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. ISU Extension Ag Engineer Kris Kohl will illustrate test analysis and management of manure as a resource. Dave Stender, ISU Extension Swine Specialist, will demonstrate the science of smell through bio-filters for odor control. Costs are a key consideration in managing manure as a nutrient. Tom Olsen, ISU Extension Farm Management Specialist, will introduce a spreadsheet that can help with decision-making. Individual hauling costs will be calculated. This in-depth, hands-on workshop will be held just prior to the confinement site manure certification workshop, starting at 1:30 p.m. The 60th Annual Meeting of the Western Iowa Experimental Farm Association will kick off the day at 9:30 a.m. Business of the association will be conducted including election of directors and officers. Wayne Roush, Farm Manager, will report on local research projects and results. <i>Source: TimesNews</i>