Increasing residential development and increased concerns about water and air quality in rural areas are making it mandatory for livestock and poultry farmers to properly manage manure and other waste products from their operations. Putnam Soil & Water has criteria for its cooperators for properly storing and applying nutrients from your farm operation, including:
1. Manure analysis on its content of nitrogen, potassium and phosphorous, its pH and percent solids as a means of
maintaining soil and groundwater quality and help livestock wastes enhance soil quality and productivity.
2. Soil testing of nutrient contents prior to application and application rates.
3. Utilizing conservation cover to minimize runoff potential of the land.
4. Do's and Don'ts of manure application pertaining to frozen ground, slope of the ground, moisture saturation of the soil and canopy cover.
5. Incorporating or injecting the manure.
6. Minimum distances to apply manure from wells, edges of fields, streams and ditches.
7. How to minimize odors.
Your Soil & Water office can draft a Manure and/or Waste Utilization Plan for your farm operation.
Soil & Water follows manure management plans of the Natural Resources and Conservation Service (NRCS), which are stricter than EPA guidelines.
Participants follow guidelines which include regular analyses of their soil, rotating crops and assure adequate acreage on which the manure is applied.
Federal cost-share money is available to operators as a means of reducing costs of installing a quality manure/waste management system for their farm operation.
Call Albert Maag at Putnam Soil & Water at (419) 523-5159 for more information.