Money in the pit: The manure pit


WOOSTER, Ohio – Manure can be a rich source of nutrients for the soil, but adequate storage and proper application can be a challenge for both large and small livestock and poultry producers.
Learn how to solve these issues and other manure-related problems at the seventh annual Manure Science Review (MSR) held July 25 at Wright State University’s Lake Campus in Celina, Ohio, and July 26 at the R.G. Drage Center in Massillon, Ohio.
Goal. “The title of this year’s MSR is ‘Money in the Pit,’ reflecting our goal to illustrate how planning for storage and application of manure will help producers avoid situations that cause environmental impairments and, at the same time, will improve their bottom line,” said Mary Wicks, program coordinator with the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center.
Cost is $25 for preregistrants and $35 for walk-in registration. Preregistration deadline is July 16.
The fee includes a speaker program, reference materials, Ohio State University Extension bulletin 604 CD, continental breakfast and lunch. Lunch is guaranteed only for preregistrants.
Four hours of nutrient management and soil and water Certified Crop Advisor continuing education credits are available.
Ohio Department of Agriculture Certified Livestock Manager continuing education credits are also available.
Schedule. Each program will begin with registration at 9:15 a.m., followed at 10 a.m. by “Planning to Plan: A Nutrient Management Plan Can Protect Water Quality and Save Money” by Jon Rausch, animal manure management program director, Ohio State University Extension.
Lunch will be at noon, followed at 1 p.m. by a discussion of case studies from farms across Ohio, which will illustrate the benefits of nutrient management plans.
Participants will then be divided into groups to attend one of three concurrent sessions.
Sessions. July 25 concurrent sessions will be:


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