Manure Nutrient Management Planning - Educational Programs and Producer
concerns about manure from animal feeding operations have resulted in regulatory
agencies taking a closer look at how well producers are utilizing the nutrients
contained in manure. In response to
this development, a manure application planning workshop was held at 10
locations around the state during February and March of 2000.
An evaluation questionnaire completed at the end of the workshop shows
that many producers have yet to adopt management practices that will allow them
to get the most benefit from their manure.
objective of the workshop was to give producers the planning and record keeping
skills necessary to take credit for the nutrient content of their manure as well
as meet NDDH requirements. More
than 120 producers and 45 extension and NRCS/SCD staff attended the 4-hour
workshops. Each participant
received a binder containing all of the information required to prepare a manure
their evaluation questionnaires, just 15 out of the 120 producers reported that
they had used manure tests in the past. Thirty-nine
producers had tested soil from those fields receiving manure but only 17 had
used manure nutrient credits to reduce fertilizer purchases.
Seven out of the 120 producers had kept written records of manure
applications and 10 had performed a calibration of their manure spreader.
percent of the producers that participated said that they were going to
implement changes in their manure management practices.
The most common changes planned were to test manure nutrient
concentrations, to give credits for the manure nutrients applied, and to keep
Dairy farmers calibrating a manure spreader during the State Dairy Convention tour.