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Manure nutrient testing workshop set

By Staff | Aug 3, 2015

AMES – Summer is the best time to apply livestock manure for crop fertilization, but getting the right level is a science.

To aid farmers in nutrient management, Iowa State University Extension dairy specialists are offering two Northwest Iowa workshops to fine-tune manure applications with soil management practices and testing.

The workshops are free, but seating is limited. They are:

  • Sac City: From 10 a.m. to noon on Aug. 19 at the Sac County ISU Extension office, 620 Park Ave., Sac City. To reserve a spot call (712) 737-4230
  • Sheldon: From 10 a.m. to noon on Aug. 20 at Northwest Iowa Community College, Campus Building A, Room 119, 603 West Park St., Sheldon. To reserve a spot call (712) 737-4230.

“We will take a step-by-step approach on how to read a soil test and determine fertilizer needs,” said Jennifer Bentley, dairy specialist with ISU Extension. “Instructions will be offered for reading a manure test and determining how much of the crop nutrient needs can be met with manure applications.

“This knowledge will optimize on-farm resources, and likely reduce commercial fertilizer costs while increasing producer income.”

The 2-hour workshop is from 10 a.m. to noon, with the first hour training on manure management ‘how-to’ with examples and a step-by-step guide.

The second hour will be question and answer time with Extension specialists.

Leading the sessions are Brian Lang and Joel DeJong, both field agronomists with ISU Extension.

Participants may bring recent soil and manure tests from their farm operations for interpretation.

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