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September 2007 IMMAG Update

Welcome to the monthly electronic update for the Iowa Manure Management Action Group (IMMAG) web site. This update is provided as a service to inform you about changes made to the IMMAG Web Page or items of interest dealing with manure management and air quality from animal feeding operations. If you wish to receive this mailing or have your name removed from the mailing list please contact me at (515) 294-9590 or amrieck@iastate.edu. You may also view this update with direct links on the CURRENT NEWS site on IMMAG.

CURRENT NEWS: The Current News page on the IMMAG site is updated weekly. Please check this site often for the latest news regarding animal feeding operations and manure management issues.

In July 2008 the Iowa NRCS announced that manure sampling was now a requirement as part of their newly revised 590 Nutrient Management Standard.  Since that time the popular press and others have confused the actual requirements of who needs to take manure samples and who does not.  Beginning with Crop Year 2008, which technically begins with upon completion of the 2007 harvest of individual fields, producers who are working with NRCS in the EQIP program or who are receiving technical assistance from NRCS for certain projects, will be required to take manure samples for nutrient analysis per the NRCS 590 Nutrient Management Standard.  Producers should contact their local NRCS field office to determine if this requirement will apply to their farming operation.    Producers who are not working with NRCS and who are required to file manure management plans for confinement feeding operations with DNR due to state law are not required to take manure samples for nutrient analysis, but the DNR highly encourages them to adopt this nutrient management practice.  It should be noted, however, producers with NPDES permits and nutrient management plans filed with DNR (primarily open feedlots over 1,000 animal units) are required to meet manure sampling requirements per the terms of their permits. Information on how to collect manure samples for nutrient analysis can be found in ISU Extension Publication PM 1558, How to Sample Manure For Nutrient Analysis.

MANURE APPLICATOR CERTIFICATION: Manure application season is upon us. Have you met your certification requirements for 2007? Please contact your County Extension Office to schedule time to meet the required annual training. If you have questions about who needs to be certified to apply manure please call me at 515-294-9590.

PUBLICATIONS: The Fall Edition of the Iowa Manure Matters-Odor and Nutrient Management Newsletter is now available on-line. You can access the newsletter at: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/Pages/communications/EPC/. If you receive a hard copy of this newsletter, it should reach your mailbox by next week.

Angie

Angela Rieck-Hinz
2104 Agronomy Hall
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011
(515) 294-9590
amrieck@iastate.edu
Iowa Manure Management Action Group
http://www.agronext.iastate.edu/immag/

Manure sampling - Click on photo to enlarge

Manure sampling.

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