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2008 Confinement Site Manure Applicator Evaluation

Iowa State University Extension
Summary of Data Collected as of 12/18/08
Total Responses: 1551 (Workshop attendees: 1346 Video attendees: 205)

Information presented
Excellent
Good
Fair
Poor
No
Response
1. Rules Update:
728
47%
776
50%
25
2%
3
0%
19
1%
2. Confinement Site Investigation Scenarios
711
46%
778
50%
36
2%
1
0%
25
2%
3. Mortality Management
742
48%
739
48%
49
3%
2
0%
19
1%
Overall evaluation:
Agree
Undecided
Disagree
Does Not
Apply
No
Response
4. The information presented today was useful for my farm operation.
1383
89%
107
7%
11
1%
47
3%
3
0%
5. The presenters were prepared and knowledgeable.
1480
95%
41
3%
6
0%
14
1%
10
1%
As a result of today's training workshop
will you:
Plan to Adopt
Adopted Prior
Choose not
to Adopt
Does Not
Apply
No
Response
6. Will you develop and implement a plan for mortality management?
567
37%

610
39%
66
4%
214
14%
94
6%
7. If you already adopted a mortality management plan, please choose which best fits your farm operation:
Composting
587
38%
         
Incineration
79
5%
         
Rendering
595
38%
         
Burial
98
6%
         
No Response
359
23%
         

 

8. From the CSI exercises, are there actions you will implement on your farm operation? Please check all that you may consider on your farm operation.

Change manure application rate due to change in manure nutrient analysis
626
40%
Employ different feeding strategies to address odor concern
188
12%
Develop a neighbor relations plan to address neighbor's concerns
371
24%
Calibrate manure application equipment
512
33%
No Response
636
41%


Please name one topic you would like to see presented in next year:

90% of the meeting was good.  10% was used just to fill in time.
Actual loss data on Nitrogen
Address taking lab samples on manure, address salt content of manure.
Adjusting application rates and equipment methods in the field.
Advantages of different spreading methods.
All of the actions implements were done prior to MMPs and these meetings.  Not that the meetings area bad thing--very helpful for rules update.
Already implemented all actions.
An accounting of all funds paid to DNR from MMP's, certification, etc including money to ISU.
Application equipment selection and flow meters
Application equipment.
Application of RUSLE2 plan
Applying manure on hay ground.
Appreciate the locale Ext office and their willingness to work with us.
Area diseases
Availability of N in first year.  Iowa is 100%, NE and MN are different. What is actually right?  Need to address ability to add extra N if warm fall or wet spring conditions exist and you have N loss because of it.
Beef manure
Biofilter discussion and odor results, Matrix
Biofilters.
Biosecurity
Breakdown rates of Nitrogen, phosphorous, etc.
Chicken manure (dry)
Combine pesticide training
Comparison of ventilation and building design for odor control.
Composting
Composting
Composting
Composting
Composting tips
Composting--how and what works best and nutrients leftover when spread on field.
Confinement beef with hoop structures.  I just built one this pass summer any questions, Matt Bormann 515/368-1226
Confinement manure.
Controlling foam in the pit and tank wagon.
Cost of manure application per gallon.
Cover composting more--add DNR rules for composting.
Crop removal of P, K and N.  How much manure to replace P and K?
CSI was educational and fun!  Thanks!
Dairy farms
Different types of injectors and covers and their pluses and minuses as used for manure application.
Do all of the above
Dry Manure
Dry manure
Easier programs to run the P Index using the RUSLE2 Index.
Equipment application
Equipment types.
Everything is pretty well covered.
Example of manure easement with neighbor.
Federal NPDES law vs Iowa DNR rules
Field compaction
Flow meter information--hear there are some to calibrate on the go.
GPS/variable rate.
Handout of Kris Kohl's slides.
Hauling
Hayfield applications
How deep to knife in.
How deep to knife it in.
How to control foam in manure tanks.
I am not an owner just hired to help the (can't read it)
I think the video pretty much covered about all information that was useful to me.
Implement a program to require farmers to attend a crop nutrient class yearly.
Incorporation
Inexpensive flow meter and no till application equipment.
Inexpensive flow meters and application equipment options.
Injection systems that do the best job.
Keep fair market value for manure in newsletter, yearly mailing with chart to (sp of word???) year NPK cost change.
Keep updating odor management developments.  Maybe some pit additive updates.
Law changes
Like the hands on problems.
Liked the hands on calculations.
Make meeting shorter
Make mmp easier!
Manure application equipment options.
Manure rates per acre.
Manure sampling methods from deep bedded cattle farms.
Manure spill examples
Manure spill management
More about beef.
More about manure application less about other things that don't apply.
More bedding pack stuff
More beef building problems, would like more real life examples instead of the video.
More beef scenario examples.
More cattle, less hogs
More information on beef manure problems instead of swine.
More information on cattle manure, dry etc.  Dry manure in cattle confinements.
More information on composting
More information on poultry litter.
More Master Matrix
More on application process--rates, Moving from confinement site license to Commercial license--requirements and process.
More on calibrating equipment.
More on cattle manure and run off.
More on composting of dead animals!
More on composting.
More on dry poultry manure.
More on how much manure to apply per acre.
More on liquid manure application.
More on Poultry
More on type of applying dry fertilizer.
More safety after spill.
More specifics on what is considered a spill.
Mortality
Mortality Management
Mortality management has nothing to do with manure application.  Pit agitation, ventilation while pumping, safety while pumping.
Need more information on cattle confinement manure.
New application equipment
New injection techniques & equipment design, flow meters/GPS?
Nipple waters compared to cup water.
Nitrogen losses on fall applied manure.
No more meetings on Valentines Day!
Not everyone is as knowledgeable about farming operations.  So some sort of beginner education would be helpful.
Nothing.  Too long now.  Eliminate some things.
Nothing--covered everything I needed to know about and then some.
Odor elimination
Odor--pit additives, windbreaks
Open feedlot cattle manure.
P Index
P Index
P Index
People that have cattle in pasture year after year for water pollution runoff.
Phosphorus calculations in Manure management plans.
Pictures add a lot to presentations.  Combine this certification with pesticide certification.
Pit additives and how they work on solids.
Possible new rules we should be aware of.
Quality of manure spreading issues.
Record keeping.
Record keeping.
Relate it to dairy manure.
Review or present formal forms for record keeping.
Rules and regs.
Rules update
RUSLE2 forms
Safely transportation of manure from facility to application sight and stockpiling  prior to application at sight--poultry manure.
Safety on manure spills
Salt
Separation distance for manure storage.
Shorten session.
Solid manure composting
Some stuff that pertains to dairy and not all hogs
Something interesting!!  New equipment for manure movement, weight restrictions, shorter programs, more overview.
Speakers were well educated on the topics discussed at today's meetings.
Specific laws
Spillage around confinements during pumping.  Proper pumping to prevent mortality.
Standard sheet to fill out when you apply manure for each field.
Statewide manure values as sold to neighbors or common pricing of manure.
Swine buildings, Odor reduction.
Thank you for a good program!
The best application tool out there.
This was very elementary and most of the information had nothing to do with hauling manure.
Value of N (emphasis more next year)
Value of today's manure when applied to land in comparison with commercial fertilizer costs.
Variable flow equipment information.
Video on spill response
Video spend more time on application giving, graphics to possible separation areas and education on these areas.
Waste safety, as well as steps to do in a avoid to a spill.
Water quality--? Chlorine tablets, wells--?? Peroxide
Waterways
What to do in case of a road spill
Whether dry manure can be stockpiled on cement pad legally.
Windbreaks
Would like to see more research done with % available Nitrogen 1st year applied--University of IL and MN show as little as 60% available 1st year.

 

John Holmes, Extension Crops Specialist, explains the Iowa P Index at the Story County manure applicator certification workshop. Photo: R. Klein

John Holmes, Extension Crops Specialist, explains the Iowa P Index at the Story County manure applicator certification workshop. Photo: R. Klein

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