STORM LAKE, Iowa — Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host an educational workshop on Aug.1 for farmers and landowners who are considering buying or selling manure. The workshop will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. at the ISU Extension and Outreach Buena Vista County office located at 824 Flint Dr. in Storm Lake.
Fertilizer prices have doubled in the past two years, but proper fertility is essential for the high crop yields in Northwest Iowa. This workshop is designed to provide timely topics for farmers looking to find fair ways to work together utilizing manure as a nutrient resource.
“Fertilizer costs tend to follow the energy market due to transportation and the high need for energy in manufacturing and refining of fertilizer,” said Kris Kohl, ag engineering specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach, who will lead the workshop. “Livestock manure is almost a perfect match for corn and soybean soil nutrient needs. But manures are also heavy and contain a lot of water, so transportation is an issue again, just like with fertilizer.”
Kohl said that the Aug. 1 workshop will provide attendees with:
- a spreadsheet on how to convert fertilizer prices to manure test equivalent so that buyers and sellers have a good starting point on what the value is now and where it might be in the future
- information on what to test for when selling manure and typical agreements that are required if the manure comes from a site that requires a manure management plan
- information on soil compaction and application timing to protect the soil and maintain optimal yields
- information on composting of dry manures and what advantages this provides for the buyers and sellers
To register or for more information, call the ISU Extension and Outreach Buena Vista County office at 712-732-5056. The cost to attend is only $25/person and includes refreshments and all reference materials.
— Iowa State University Extension and Outreach