A field day for producers with dry manure and applicators who handle and transport dry manure is scheduled for August 16, at Peterson Farms located near Clarion. The field day will start at noon with an omelet lunch, and field activities will begin at 1 p.m. The rain date is August 19.
Field day activities will include presentations from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources on land application requirements; the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship will discuss sales of dry manure; and the Natural Resources Conservation Service will discuss cost-share program opportunities and Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plans.
Iowa State University (ISU) Extension staff will discuss research results of using poultry manure for crop production and also will demonstrate dry manure sampling, rainfall simulation for runoff management, and calibration and distribution uniformity of dry manure. Educational displays also will be available.
This field day will count for manure applicator certification requirements. Commercial manure applicators and confinement site applicators who still need to attend training to maintain their manure applicator certification requirements should plan to attend this field day. Applicators will be required to check in and out of the field day in order to track attendance.
Peterson Farms is located 3 miles west of Clarion on Highway 3 and then 1 mile south. The field day is sponsored by ISU Extension, the Iowa Manure Management Action Group, North Central Cooperative, MaxYield Cooperative, Gold-Eagle Cooperative, the Iowa Poultry Association, and the Iowa Turkey Marketing Council. Lunch is sponsored by Sparboe Companies and the Iowa Egg Council. For more information, please contact the Wright County Extension office at (515) 532-3453 or see the field day flier (PDF)
Stockpiled poultry manure. (Angela Rieck-Hinz)
Dry poultry manure application. (Angela Rieck-Hinz)
This article originally appeared on page 156 of the IC-494(20) -- July 25, 2005 issue.