If you are interested in the latest equipment and technology for professional manure management, plan to attend the 2012 North American Manure Expo on August 22, 2012. The North American Manure Expo (www.manureexpo.com) is the largest manure equipment demonstration event in the U.S. and Canada. The show combines demonstrations of the latest developments in manure handling equipment with presentations on the latest research in manure management.
Manure Expo 2012 is being held August 22 starting at 7:30 a.m. at the USDA-Dairy Forage Research Center located north of Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin. The Expo is sponsored by the Professional Nutrient Applicators Association of Wisconsin and UW-Extension with support from industry agencies and companies.
Commercial vendors will be available throughout the day with displays of equipment and services. Equipment and technology demonstrations will begin at 8:00 a.m. with manure pit agitators including traditional prop/manure pump agitation, remote control floating boat agitation and boat/shore-based boom solids dredging. Pit-side demos will feature smartphone apps for pump management and control.
Informative topics on manure management will be featured starting at 10:30 a.m. and running until the 12:30 p.m. lunch break. Presenters will be from Wisconsin and other north-central states.
Education topics include:
• Nitrification Inhibitors for Manure
• Timing of Manure Application to Reduce Phosphorus Loss in Runoff
• Nitrogen and Phosphorus Availability in Treated Manures
• Impact of Manure Application Method on Corn Yield, Nitrogen Uptake, and Nitrogen Loss
• Pro-active Steps Livestock Producers can take to Extend the Life of Local Roads
• More regulations? How OSHA Applies to your Business
• Sand-laden Manure: Handling & Separation
• Variability in Nutrient Content & Sampling Strategies for Various Management Systems
• Using Precision Farming Technologies & Equipment for Manure Application and Management
• Application Methods to Improve Nutrient Utilization and Reduce Environmental Impact
• Manure Application thru Irrigation
• Economics of Manure Transport and Land Application
• Comparison of Phosphorus and Nitrogen Loss in Surface Runoff versus Tile Flow in Wisconsin
• Using Precision Manure Management to Improve Water Quality
Additional topics will be addressed in an extensive poster display session.
Field demonstrations will focus on manure application. Highlights include side-by-side comparisons of compost turners, tractor and truck mounted solid spreaders, manure tankers, and dragline operations. Liquid manure innovations scheduled to be demonstrated include bag and steel frac tanks with dragline hose bridges/overpasses (allowing manure lines over state highways).
A key component of the field demonstrations is a live action manure spill response demonstration. Various techniques to address a manure spill will be demonstrated with actual manure (weather permitting). This spill response will demonstrate components of a spill response plan. Much like a fifteen inch wrench in the bottom drawer of a tool box, you may not need it every day, but an emergency spill response plan will allow quick action if any type of spill occurs.
The Expo begins at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 22, and will conclude after final field events. Attendance at the Expo is open to the public and is free of charge.