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Manure Expo: Putting knowledge to work

Manure Expo: Putting knowledge to work

June 28, 2017, Arlington, WI – In the words of Russian playwright and short story writer Anton Chekhov: "Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice."

The North American Manure Expo – being held August 22 and 23, 2017, at the Arlington Agricultural Research Station – provides the perfect opportunity for livestock producers and custom manure applicators to obtain practical knowledge and apply it to their day-to-day operations.

"Expo planners are excited and grateful to have such a broad range of topics presented by so many knowledgeable speakers," said Scott Sturgul, nutrient management specialist and program manager with the University of Wisconsin-Madison & Extension's Nutrient & Pest Management (NPM) Program and head of the expo's education committee. "Most, if not all, of the industry's current hot topic issues will be discussed. Be sure to look over the agenda and identify the topics that interest you."

The educational program will be held on Wednesday, August 23 (day two of Expo) from 9:00 a.m. to noon (CDT) on the expo grounds. Twenty-four topics will be presented in four separate tents.

Manure safety and manure management tools
   • Improving safety practices around manure storages
   • Manure safety
   • Basics of gas monitoring equipment and procedures
   • Nutrient management planning for Wisconsin farms: SnapPlus software
   • Integrating erosion and P assessment with SnapPlus
   • Wisconsin's runoff risk advisory forecast

Manure as a fertilizer resource
   • Manure analysis trends and sample collection techniques
   • Dairy manure application methods
   • Secondary and micro-nutrients available in dairy manure
   • Maximizing nutrient value from manure storages
   • Microbial response to organic matter additions to soils
   • Use of nitrification inhibitors with manure

Manure application techniques and technology
   • Replacing commercial sidedress nitrogen with liquid manure on emerging corn
     using drag hose
   • Manure application uniformity
   • Replacing commercial sidedress nitrogen with liquid manure on emerging corn
     using a modified tanker
   • Nutrient separation or improved hauling logistics
   • Slurry seeding of cover crops
   • Evaluating the environmental benefits and economic opportunities of windrowing
     composted dairy manure

Manure and environmental protection
   • How does manure application timing impact P runoff?
   • Manure during winter: How to manage
   • Nitrogen dynamics in manured systems
   • Minimizing manure and nutrient transport to tile systems
   • Public perceptions
   • Can cover crops and tillage help reduce erosion and P losses?

Speakers include university researchers, manure management specialists, professional engineers, agricultural agency staff, and custom manure haulers. Individual topics include the microbial (i.e. soil health) benefits of manure applications, maximizing the fertilizer value of manure applications to cropland, manure safety - with an emphasis on manure gas safety, advances in manure application technologies, and techniques for minimizing losses of nutrients from cropland.

Twelve continuing education units (CEUs) have been approved by the American Society of Agronomy's Certified Crop Advisor Program for the Manure Expo education program. Other state- and association-specific continuing education or certification credits are also being sought. They will be listed on when finalized.

There will also be lots of opportunities to learn in the field. On August 22, attendees can take part in a half-day of industry tours plus lagoon agitation demonstrations. On August 23, they can watch solid and liquid manure application plus compost turner demonstrations. And don't forget the trade show – taking place both days – a perfect opportunity to view and compare technologies while kicking the tires.

The North American Manure Expo is the perfect opportunity for attendees to talk to manufacturers, dealers and other experts in the manure industry and view side-by-side demonstrations of equipment.

To learn more about the 2017 North American Manure Expo and register for events, visit

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