Whiteshire Hamrocs made the pages of Indiana Prairie Farmer last year due to their unique work cooperating with medical companies doing research with pigs. This top-flight operation will host a special field day on July 29 at the farm in Noble County. The topic will be manure management, and Whiteshire Hamroc spokespersons will discuss how they practice manure management in their own operation.
Several soil and water conservation districts are co-sponsoring this field day on manure management. How to apply manure and work it in effectively is one of the key struggles no-tillers with livestock face each year. Districts helping in this field day effort include: Elkhart, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Noble, St. Joseph, Steuben and Whitley. The Natural Resource Conservation Service and the Wood-Land-Lakes Resource Conservation and Development group are also co-sponsors. Wood-Land-Lakes, one of the newest RC & D groups in Indiana, serves northeast Indiana.
Other noted speakers scheduled to present information about manure management at the field day include Tim Harrigan of Michigan State University, talking about marrying manure slurry applications with cover crops, and Russell Baker, an NRCS district conservationist, highlighting what EQIP practices are available to help with those who want to improve manure management on their own operations. Some of these practices may also involve cover corps.
Dudley Parker, owner and operator of the farm, will demonstrate what's referred to as his 'manure slurry seeding' equipment. His tools will be compared to other tools offered for sale by various companies. Finally, Barry Fisher, NRCS state agronomist and instigator of various no-till promotion efforts over the past few years, will ge there to offer insight and answer questions.
The field day begins at 10 a.m. EDT and should conclude by 2 p.m. Noble County Pork Producers will grill pork burger sandwiches. And as if you need more incentive to come, they will be free for the first 100 participants who reserve a spot for the field day. You can do that by contacting any of the SWCD's or the RC&D noted above. Your local SWCD should be able to provide you with contact information.
Chris Mann, Cloverdale, Putnam County, knows the issue is crucial. He's part of a large no-till, family operation, but they also raise hogs. In fact, about the only land they don't truly no-till is after manure injection. He's even built his own tool, starting with a John Deere Mulchmaster frame, and adding Yetter units, so he can work down a field where manure has been adapted.
That kind of innovation will be open for discussion at the field day. If you're a no-tiller or livestock person, put it on your calendar now.