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How to Deal with Pasture and Manure Problems

How to Deal with Pasture and Manure Problems

Cool, rainy weather this spring has negatively impacted hay fields and pastures in Ohio and nearby states, preventing new seedings of alfalfa and orchardgrass and leading to a possible reduction in pasture yield and quality in the summer.

Learning how to deal with these and other issues is the goal of the upcoming Forage and Pasture Field Day, which will be held Saturday, June 25, from 4-7 p.m. at Roger and Conchida Williams's farm, 6105 Laurel Ridge Road, Piketon, Ohio.

This free educational event is sponsored by Ohio State University Extension, the Pike County Soil and Water Conservation District, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Field day topics include "Better Grassland Management for Increased Grazing Opportunities," "Hay and Forage Management," and "Conservation Practices for Resource Conservation and Increased Productivity."

Guest speakers are Jeff Fisher, OSU Extension educator, and Bob Hendershot, NRCS state grassland conservationist.

Registration is not required but appreciated. To register, contact Kevin Yost, Pike County SWCD, at 740-947-5353 or

Livestock producers are also reminded to put the manure Science Review on their schedules for Aug. 16 at the RE-AL Winner Farm 7317 S.R. 47 in DeGraff. Find out how changes, including solids separation, at the Winner's farm has led to more efficient water and manure management on their dairy. Learn about management strategies for the successful use of separated dairy solids for bedding and the effect of separation on nutrients in the liquid.

See how the use of BMPs enhances the opportunity to maximize manure nutrient values. Nutrient retention in the root zone provides for optimal plant uptake and minimizes potential environmental impacts.

Speakers include, Tom Noyes, OSU Extension, Wesley Haun, OSU Extension, Jocelyn Henderson, ODNR-DSW, and Terry Mescher, ODNR. The 2011 Manure Science Review is an educational program designed for those involved in any aspect of manure handling, management or utilization, including: livestock and crop producers, ODNR-SWCD personnel, USDA-NRCS personnel, extension educators, Certified Crop Advisors, and professional nutrient applicators.

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