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  • Southern soils mitigate manure microbes

    That swine manure sprayed on to fields adds valuable nutrients to the soil is well known. But what is not known is whether all that manure is bringing harmful bacteria with it. A new study looks at the levels of nutrients and bacteria in soils of fields that have been sprayed with manure for fifteen years or more. The research team, composed of scientists from the USDA-ARS Crop Science Research ...

  • Manure runoff depends on soil texture

    Research has documented the rise of nutrient runoff from flat agricultural fields with high rates of precipitation that adds nitrates and phosphates to waterways. These nutrients increase the amount of phytoplankton in the water, which depletes oxygen and kills fish and other aquatic creatures. While injecting animal manure slurry into the soil has been proven to be an effective way of reducing ...

  • Manure `smells like money` as energy costs rise

    With energy prices driving the cost of agricultural inputs up, nutrient-rich manure is getting another look. 'Calls to Extension offices from people looking for manure and manure compost have increased in recent months,' says Tommy Bass, Montana State University Extension livestock environment associate specialist. Bass said that this shift in perception is good for water quality, too. 'As manure ...

  • Tracking phosphorus runoff from livestock manure

    Nutrient runoff from livestock manure is a common source of agricultural pollution. Looking for an uncommon solution, a team of scientists has developed an application of rare earth elements to control and track runoff phosphorus from soils receiving livestock manure. In addition to reducing the solubility of phosphorus, this method shows particular promise for researchers interested in tracking ...

  • Improve crop yield by removing manure solids

    Manure has long been used as a crop fertilizer, but the challenge of finding an efficient use of the nutrients found in manure is ever present. The ratio of nitrogen to phosphorus in manure is low in relation to the nutrient needs of most crops. Therefore, crops tend to be overloaded with manure to meet the nitrogen requirement of agricultural crops, but the excess phosphorus from the process can ...

  • LWR manure treatment system goes solar

    Solar energy is now making it easier for farms to implement the manure treatment technology that is revolutionizing the livestock industry. Livestock Water Recycling's Innovation Centre has just released the latest advancement in manure treatment technology which allows farmers the ability to power their LWR Manure Treatment System by solar energy. "Farmers inherently want to leave the world ...

  • Nutrient Management Plans: A Study in Cause and Effect

    It seems practical on the surface. Nutrient management plans (NMPs) should supply plants with ideal amounts of nutrients, minimize runoff, and maintain or even improve the soil condition. And the farmer behind the plan would work with a set of conservation practices designed to reduce harmful pollutants while still obtaining optimal crop yields. However, many U.S. Animal Feeding Operations (AFOs) ...

  • New Material to Enhance Soils using Manure Waste

    The results of the research group of Valuation of resources from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid suggest an optimal solution to manage the manure from chicken and cattle. Biochar, a material obtained after thermal treatment of this waste through pyrolysis, is an organic fertilizer that applied in ...

  • New software helps farmers manage nutrients

    University of Missouri Extension has released a new Web-based application to help farmers manage soil nutrient needs on farms. Nutrient management helps farmers set rates and timing of fertilizer applications, said John Lory, MU Extension nutrient management specialist. Plans are required for some farms in cost-share programs and permitted animal feeding operations. The free MMPTracker tool is ...

  • Manure Event to Show New Ways to Boost Both Crops and Water Quality

    Manure has two shades of green, so to speak. The green of greater farm crop yields. And the green of a cleaner environment. Organizers of the Aug. 14 Manure Science Review say farmers can see both at the same time and that the event will show how to do it. “Manure is an excellent product for improving soil ...


    By Ohio State University

  • Ag Attorney Sheds Light on Manure Handling, Application Regulations

    Although the Lake Erie algae problems that contaminated Toledo’s water supply in early August have subsided, the crisis raised questions about animal manure application on farmland in Ohio and how it may have contributed to the problem. In response, Ohio State University Extension’s agricultural and resource law field specialist has written a summary of Ohio laws relating to livestock ...


    By Ohio State University

  • Manure matters! How can you turn poultry manure into value? Poul-AR produces fertilizer and sustainable energy from poultry waste

    Colsen has developed a new technology to valorize poultry manure. Until now poultry manure is considered a waste stream with a considerable cost, Poul-AR® now represents an important valorization step, by which the manure will generate nutrients and energy. This is directly associated with considerable operational benefits and thus represents a large added value ...


    By Colsen International b.v.

  • Effects of chemical fertiliser and animal manure on soil health compared

    Fertilising crops with cattle manure can lead to better soil quality than when synthetic fertiliser is used, recent research indicates. The use of cattle manure in the study led to greater soil fertility by encouraging higher microbial activity, and the researchers suggest that it could potentially improve soil’s ability to cope with periods of difficult growing conditions. The ...

  • Using Liquid Manure to Fertilize Wheat? Consider Timing, Nitrogen Content

    Liquid livestock manure can be a great option as a spring top-dress fertilizer for wheat fields if applied during the appropriate window of time and if it has the right amount of nitrogen, according to research conducted by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. In a report published in the latest issue of the college’s  ...


    By Ohio State University

  • Milk Cliff Averted, iPhones Step in for Manure Management Regulatory Cleanup

    With the “Milk Cliff” precipice safely in the rear view mirror, dairy farmers nationwide are now turning their attention back to an increasingly deep pool of regulations governing the management of animal waste. Agriculture is cited as a major contributor of nutrient load in water bodies ...


    By PRWeb

  • Rainfall and manure application timing affect organic carbon losses

    Dissolved organic carbon (DOC) losses from tile drains are an underquantified portion of the terrestrial carbon cycle. This is particularly important in the eastern corn belt where tile drainage dominates the agricultural landscape. Specific land management practices, such as manure application, can play a large role in the export of DOC as soluble organic carbon is applied to or injected into ...

  • Cover Crops Capture Nutrients to the Benefit of Farmers and Water Quality

    Many factors contribute to the excess phosphorous that stimulates algal systems in bodies of water such as Lake Erie. Sources of excess phosphorous include urban stormwater, factories, sewers, household wastes and lawn fertilizer, and in some areas runoff from fertilizers or manure applied to fields. Fortunately, many farmers are already doing their part to improve water. ...

  • Cornell distributor PCE Pumping Systems Sponsoring Nutrient Management Field Demonstrations in Merced, CA.

    California Field Day demonstrations July 17 to 19 Seeing is believing in many endeavors. Renowned manure management company PCE Pumping Systems is letting attendees ‘see’ how to address manure lagoon management and direct injection application at hands-on classes in Merced, California. Held at a working dairy, the demonstrations will address the considerable solids build-up in a ...


    By Cornell Pump Company

  • New Poultry Litter Applicator Can Cut Nutrient Runoff, Protect Water Quality

    Researchers will demonstrate a prototype farm implement that slashes nutrient runoff and bacterial contamination from poultry litter at this year’s Manure Science Review. Co-hosted by Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and ...


    By Ohio State University

  • Compost made by worms from livestock manure yields benefits when applied to maize

    Vermicomposting livestock manure with maize can increase agricultural benefit by 304%, shows a new study. The combination of increased crop yield and the additional earthworms produced as a result of the process led to a substantial increase in output compared to a traditional composting system. As intensive agriculture and livestock production both increase, unique problems emerge. Heavy use of ...

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