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What's on Tap at Manure Science Review?

August 2, 2011

DEGRAFF, Ohio -- Here’s who’s speaking at the 2011 Manure Science Review, set for Aug. 16 at the Winner Family Farm in DeGraff in western Ohio:

  • Alan Winner, owner of the host farm, on how changes there have led to more efficient water and manure management. One of the changes: Separating solids. The farm has 400 cows.
  • Tom Noyes of Ohio State University Extension on separating dairy solids and using them for bedding.
  • Wesley Haun of H.J. Baker & Bro. on preventing nutrient loss, including year-round ways to keep nutrients in the root zone.
  • Jocelyn Henderson of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Soil and Water Resources on field evaluation as a management tool. Keep slopes, setbacks and timing in mind and you can cut the risk of nutrient runoff.
  • Terry Mescher, also of that division, on new manure management technologies and what you should ask before investing in them.
  • Winner and Mescher on how water management can cut runoff risk. Featured: How the farm’s solid/liquid manure separator works; how milk house wastewater can be stored to flush barns; and ways to divert runoff from hard surfaces.
  • Frank Gibbs of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Christine Pence of the Ohio Department of Agriculture, and Steve Searson of the Logan Soil and Water Conservation District on how manure management can cut runoff risk. Featured: How subsurface pathways can lead to the discharge of liquid manure from drain tiles; calibrating equipment for accurate application; and identifying effective setbacks to keep water supplies safe.

Also, Searson and Amanda Meddles of OSU Extension will lead manure application demonstrations. Among them: How to minimize the risk of liquid manure entering drain tiles and affecting infiltration rates; and how to extend the application window with side-dress application.

Early registration -- $30 per person, including a continental breakfast, lunch and all materials -- runs through this coming Monday, Aug. 8. Registration afterward costs $35. Members of the Midwest Professional Nutrient Applicators Association get a $5 discount off either rate.

Download the registration form at, or call 330-202-3533 to have a copy sent to you in the mail.

Participants are eligible for 5.5 hours of continuing education credit in ODA’s Certified Livestock Manager training program; 4.5 hours of Soil and Water Management credit in the Ohio Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) Program; 1 hour of Nutrient Management credit, also in the CCA program; and 5.5 Professional Development Hours for Professional Engineers.

Sponsoring the event are OSU Extension, Ohio State’s Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, the Ohio Livestock Coalition, Ohio’s Soil and Water Conservation Districts, ODA, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, and ODNR.

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Kurt Knebusch
Mary Wicks