August 7, 8:45am–3:30pmWhere
JIMITA Holsteins 9877 Strasburg Bolivar Rd, Strasburg, OH 44680
Manure Science Review, now in its 19th year, will offer expert-led educational sessions, field demonstrations, and a tour of commercial compost producer Bull Country Compost in nearby Dundee. The program is aimed at farmers, crop consultants, and soil conservation workers, among others. More than 100 people are expected to attend.
Because of wet conditions caused by all that rain, many of the state’s corn and soybean fields haven’t been planted yet, might not be planted at all this year, and farmers are asking about alternatives.
Among those alternatives are cover crops, the focus of one of the event’s sessions. Other sessions will discuss manure nutrient uptake by crops; applying manure to emerging crops; reducing phosphorus runoff—phosphorus runoff from farm fields can fuel harmful algal blooms such as those in Lake Erie; manure-related rules and legal issues; and assessing the value of manure beyond its nutrients, including its impact on crop production and soil health.
Field demonstrations will look at calibrating manure spreaders; stockpiling solid manure; side-dressing crops with liquid manure; manure application using injection and shallow tillage; silage leachate and manure handling; and the intriguingly named “Soil Your Undies” soil health challenge, which aims to tell if a soil is healthy based on the decomposition rate of buried, yes, underwear.
Registration is $25 by July 30; $30 after July 30; and includes lunch, doughnuts, coffee and the tour. For details and a mailable registration form go to go.osu.edu/2019MSR. Online registration available through Aug. 1 at go.osu.edu/msr2019.
Continuing education credits have been approved.