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2006 Expo Targets Manure Application

by 5m Editor
18 July 2006, at 12:00am

US - "Keep It In the Root Zone" is the theme for the 2006 Great Lakes Manure Handling Expo, to be held in St. Johns, Michigan on July 27 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

2006 Expo Targets Manure Application - US - "Keep It In the Root Zone" is the theme for the 2006 Great Lakes Manure Handling Expo, to be held in St. Johns, Michigan on July 27 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The expo will feature innovative and practical manure application strategies that place and keep manure in the root zone, where it most benefits growing crops. These strategies include everything from advanced manure treatment systems at the livestock facility to manure application equipment and systems.

Jay Solomon and Pete Fandel, University of Illinois Extension specialists and two of the speakers featured at the Expo, will discuss using GPS technologies for in-field accuracy and record keeping.

"The Expo will be an exciting opportunity for commercial applicators and producers to see new equipment and techniques demonstrated," said Solomon. "Pete and I, along with a commercial applicator from Michigan, will be demonstrating a lower cost technology for documenting manure application."

Other topics of discussion will focus on efficient manure management strategies. Those topics include:

Economics of Manure - This discussion will look at both sides of the ledger, including the nutrient value of manure and hauling costs associated with this resource.

Nutrient Management - Learn to put these resources to work for crop production while protecting the environment and following state nutrient management plan provisions.

Conservation Practices - How do they affect soil infiltration, holding capacity and macro pores in tile-drained fields? Can you use cover crops and low-disturbance tillage for nutrient recycling and runoff control?

Composting - Practical information on farm-scale manure composting.

Odor Control - Explore opportunities for handling and applying manure to reduce odors.

Commercial vendors will offer displays and demonstrations on manure handling, treatment equipment, business and organizations offering manure services, and products related to manure management.

No fee or registration is required. Lunch will be available for purchase. For more information, call 989-224-5240 or visit www.rootzone.msu.edu.

The event is sponsored by Purdue, Ohio State and Michigan State University's Extension.

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