The 2014 Ohio Manure Science Review (MSR) will be held in Wayne County on August 14, hosted by Rupp Vue dairy farm near Sterling at 14636 Seville Rd. The MSR is an educational program designed for those involved in any aspect of manure handling, management, or utilization. The MSR consists of both classroom style presentations, including a farmer panel, and field demonstrations of equipment and other demonstration plots. Registration opens at 8:30 am and the program begins at 9:00 am. The day concludes out in the field at 3:30 pm.
This year’s MSR will focus on aspects of manure management related to dairy farms and handling poultry litter. Topics that will be covered in the morning program include Nutrient Management Practices at Rupp Vue Farm, Nutrient Variability of Liquid Manure in Storage, Economic Value of Manure, Planning and Managing Manure Storage (farmer panel), Growing the Application Window, the Effectiveness of Setbacks in Preventing Winter Nutrient Runoff, and Subsurface Band Application of Poultry Litter.
Field demonstrations in the afternoon will feature a new poultry litter applicator; a mobile solar unit; cover crops’ benefits to soils; calibration of solid manure spreaders; effects of manure application rates on yields; forages and extending manure application windows; and applicators for injecting liquid manure, side-dressing liquid manure, and dragline systems on corn.
Participants in the event are eligible for the following continuing education credits: ODA Certified Livestock Manager, 5.5 continuing education hours; Certified Crop Adviser, 3.0 Soil and Water Management continuing education units and 2.5 Nutrient Management CEUs; and Professional Engineer, 2.0 continuing professional development hours.
Pre-registration is requested. Early registration by August 6 is $25/person and registration after August 6 or the day of the event is $30/person. Morning coffee, juice, donuts, and lunch catered by Omahoma Bob’s BBQ is included in registration. In addition to the program, there will be sponsor exhibits and displays.
More information, including details on program topics and field demonstrations, registration forms, and flyers, are available on the Wayne County Extension web site at http://go.osu.edu/MSR2014 or contact the Wayne County Extension office at 330-264-8722.
Ohio Manure Science Review collaborators include OSU Extension, the Ohio Department of Agriculture, Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Soil and Water Resources, Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service, and Cooper Farms.
Event sponsors include the Ohio Livestock Coalition, the Ohio Poultry Association, Case Farms, Gerber’s Poultry, Ag Credit, Hubner Seed, and Farm Credit Mid-America.