Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The North American Manure Expo will be held on Aug. 3 and 4 near London at the Farm Science Review site. This unique national demonstration and educational event is the place to learn about the latest equipment, technologies and bests practices focused on returning manure nutrients to their roots to benefit crops and soils while protecting water quality. The show features tours, field demonstrations, and educational seminars, plus a huge trade show with more than 80 exhibitors.ToursThree tours will be offered on the morning of Aug. 3. Tour 1 focuses on composting and nutrient management. Participants will visit Price Farms Organics for an up close look at composting manure, including strategies for surface water runoff management, and Beck’s for an edge of field study site to learn what research tells us about reducing nutrient runoff from cropland. Tour 2 includes a visit to the Ohio Heifer Center, a 4,000-cow operation that recycles its bedding and has a gasifier for biochar production, and to Trupointe/Sunrise Cooperative for the latest in precision ag technology. Tour 3 features grazing management for buffalo and beef cattle as well as other nutrient management strategies. Tours require registration and cost $20 (see below), which includes transportation and lunch.Field demonstrationsAlways an Expo highlight, field demos allow side-by-side comparisons of the latest equipment and technology. On Aug. 3, manure separation and pit agitation demonstrations will be held at a nearby dairy with transportation provided from the event site. On Aug. 4, morning solid manure demos include calibration of a solid manure spreader, a compost turner, and more than 15 manure spreaders. In the afternoon, smoking tile drainage will illustrate preferential flow and liquid manure spreader demos will include side dressing of emerged corn, injection, and drag hoses. All demos are free. Educational sessionsWith 38 seminars, the Manure Expo has something for everyone. On Aug. 3, presentations will focus on manure management on small farms and cover crops as well as the PCE Pump School (registration required) and the use of frac tanks managing liquid manure. On Aug. 4, seminar sessions will cover the latest on water quality regulations and issues in Ohio and elsewhere, research and methods for reducing phosphorus runoff, best practices for liquid and solid manure handling and application, manure safety and transportation issues, anaerobic digestion, and biosecurity. A technology session will include the OnMRK app for record keeping, an update on the EPA’s nutrient recovery technology challenge, and use of solar on farms. All educational sessions are free. More informationThe Manure Expo will be held at the Molly Caren Ag Center (home of the Farm Science Review). The event is free, except for tours ($20 covers transportation and lunch). Registration is required for tours and encouraged for the agitation demos and the Expo. Continuing education credits (CEUs) are available for numerous certifications (see link on website) including Certified Livestock Manager and Certified Crop Advisor credits. Food will be available onsite for purchase.Tours, seminars, demonstrations, exhibitor and other details can be found at www.manureexpo.org. Mary H. Wicks, Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering. Phone: 330.202.3533. E-mail: [email protected] This column is provided by the OSU Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, OSU Extension, Ohio Agricultural Research & Development Center, and the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
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