Manure and Nutrient Management

Information on choosing a nutrient management plan, state nutrient management legislation, preventing manure gas deaths and reducing E. coli infections. Tips on manure applications and managing livestock methane emissions.

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Have a Horse or Steer in Your Backyard? You Need a Manure Management Plan
Have a Horse or Steer in Your Backyard? You Need a Manure Management Plan - Articles Articles
Recently revised Pennsylvania environmental regulations require all animal operations, large and small, to have either a Manure Management Plan or a Nutrient Management Plan. More
Nutrient Management Standard Animal Weight Changes: Rollout and Impact, Farm Inspections
Nutrient Management Standard Animal Weight Changes: Rollout and Impact, Farm Inspections - Videos Videos
New standard animal weights for nutrient management planning were approved by the State Conservation Commission in May of 2017. This video explains the impact on livestock farms and also discusses how farmers can prepare for the farm inspections required by the EPA in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. More
Manure Fertilizer, Photo Credit: Nicole Santangelo, PSU
Is Your Farm Ready for Inspection? - Articles Articles
By the end of 2018, 1 in 5 Pennsylvania farms within the Chesapeake Bay watershed will have been visited by the Chesapeake Bay Agricultural Inspections Program. More
Choosing A Nutrient Management Planner Choosing A Nutrient Management Planner - Articles
Pennsylvania agricultural operations that are designated Concentrated Animal Operations or Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations are required to implement an approved nutrient management plan. More
Pennsylvania's Nutrient Management Act (Act 38): Who Is Affected?
Pennsylvania's Nutrient Management Act (Act 38): Who Is Affected? - Articles Articles
Learn how to calculate the animal density of an agricultural operation to determine if it is a Concentrated Animal Operation (CAO) and thereby required to implement an Act 38 nutrient management plan. More
Writing a Manure Management Plan for Pennsylvania Farmers and Property Owners
Writing a Manure Management Plan for Pennsylvania Farmers and Property Owners - Online Courses Online Courses
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Pennsylvania law requires farms and properties with animals or that use manure to develop a manure management plan. This course walks you through the process. More
Manure collection tank at Beltsville (Maryland) Agricultural Research Center.
Reoccurring Themes of Manure Gas Deaths - Articles Articles
Manure gas deaths keep occurring around the world. What can we do to make manure handling safer? More
Manure Sampling Instructions
Manure Sampling Instructions - Articles Articles

Manure Sampling Instructions

Virginia A. Ishler

Guidelines on how to sample manure from various animal groups to avoid contamination and have results accurately reflect the diets being fed. More
Carefully Approach Spring Manure Applications
Carefully Approach Spring Manure Applications - Articles Articles
Patience and timing will help you maximize the value of manure applied this spring. More
Manure Spreader Calibration
Manure Spreader Calibration - Articles Articles

Manure Spreader Calibration

Jerry Martin, Douglas Beegle, Ph.D.

Manure spreader calibration is an essential and valuable nutrient management tool for maximizing the efficient use of available manure nutrients. More
Managing Silage Effluent
Managing Silage Effluent - Articles Articles
No matter our best efforts to harvest at the correct moisture and in a timely fashion, effluent happens. More
Nutrient Management Legislation in Pennsylvania
Nutrient Management Legislation in Pennsylvania - Articles Articles

Nutrient Management Legislation in Pennsylvania

Dwight Lingenfelter, Douglas Beegle, Ph.D.

Summarizes the nutrient management provisions of Act 38 in Pennsylvania and the regulations that went into effect October 1, 2006. More
Livestock Methane Emissions in the United States Livestock Methane Emissions in the United States - Articles

Livestock Methane Emissions in the United States

Alexander Nikolov Hristov, Ph.D., Kristen Johnson, Ermias Kebreab

Confirmation that US EPA estimates of methane production are accurate. More
Best Management Practices
On-Farm Land Use: Regulations and Environmental Stewardship - Articles Articles
Northeast beef cattle owners are faced with implementing best management practices, as well as adhering to local, statewide and national regulations. More