Manure application season is approaching in Iowa. With that comes the need to review or develop a nutrient management plan that includes manure sampling for nutrient analysis along with appropriate application methods. With a manure management plan, manure nutrients can be used for crop production while protecting soil and water resources.
A new how-to video from Iowa Learning Farms and the Iowa Manure Management Action Group (IMMAG) offers suggestions, tips and reminders about manure application. The 20-minute DVD, "Manure Management and Conservation," shows how to collect manure samples for nutrient analysis from different types of manure handling systems, reviews a manure analysis lab report and provides the basics for determining application rates.
"Our goal with this video is to remind producers that proper manure application plays a significant role in meeting soil and water conservation objectives and in protecting soil and water resources," says Jamie Benning, an Iowa State University Extension watershed specialist.
Iowa Learning Farms offers new how-to DVD on manure management
Also featured on the DVD are different types of manure application equipment and how choosing the right equipment can help farmers minimize soil disturbance and potential soil erosion and nutrient runoff from land application of manure.
"Anyone with livestock, regardless of whether they are required to have a manure plan or not, should develop a nutrient plan to best maximize use of those nutrients in manure for crop production," says Angie Rieck-Hinz, an ISU Extension manure management specialist in the agronomy department at Ames. "We are far past the days when manure was considered a waste product. Today, sampling manure for nutrient content and developing a plan for the best use of the nutrients contained in manure is a wise economic choice."
The DVD is available for free by request. Send an email to [email protected], or write to Iowa Learning Farms, 219A Davidson Hall, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011. Include your mailing address in the request. "Manure Management and Conservation" can also be seen on the Iowa Learning Farms YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/IowaLearningFarm as well as on the Iowa Manure Management Action Group website: www.agronext.iastate.edu/immag/manurevideos.html.
Iowa Learning Farms is a program that is building a Culture of Conservation, encouraging adoption of crop residue management and soil and water conservation practices. Farmers, researchers and ILF staff are working together to encourage farmers to implement the best in-field management practices that increase water and soil quality while remaining profitable. ILF is a partnership between the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa State University Extension, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at ISU, USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service in Iowa, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, all in cooperation with the Conservation Districts of Iowa organization and the Iowa Farm Bureau.