Manure and Nutrient Management

Instruction on manure management and nutrient management, including feeding dairy cattle to control nitrogen and phosphorus in manure. Information on manure management plans, manure spreader calibration, cow manure storage, and waste disposal.

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Flooding around your home and on the farm could be leading to issues you need to address. Image Credit: Jennifer Fetter
After the Flood – Recovery Considerations for Rural Pennsylvanians - Articles Articles

After the Flood – Recovery Considerations for Rural Pennsylvanians

Jennifer R Fetter, Leon Ressler, Andy Yencha

Parts of Pennsylvania were drenched with heavy rains and flooded streams recently. In addition to drying out wet basements, there are few important things that rural Pennsylvanian’s might want to pay special attention to. 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
Nutrient Management on Pastures
Nutrient Management on Pastures - Webinars Webinars
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Free webinar recording geared toward dairy producers, employees and agribusiness professionals. More
Calf Barn
2017 PDMP Corn Silage Trials and Handling Silage Leachate - Webinars Webinars
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This free webinar is part of a Technology Tuesday series geared toward dairy producers, employees, and agribusiness professionals. More
Calf Barn
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Transition Cows

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This free webinar is part of a Technology Tuesday series geared toward dairy producers, employees, and agribusiness professionals. More
Agricultural Careers Online Course
Agricultural Careers Online Course - Webinars Webinars

Agricultural Careers Online Course

07:00 PM 03/07/2019 - 08:30 PM 04/11/2019

$10.00
Join us for these weekly webinars as we cover a wide variety of interests that can pair your passions with a future career! More
Crawford County Ag Day
Crawford County Ag Day - Conferences Conferences
Join us for the 2018 Crawford County Ag & Dairy Day, an educational day with presentations and dozens of exhibitors. More
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'Virtual farm' website provides a plethora of dairy sustainability information - News News
A new website is a "one-stop shop" for dairy sustainability information. More
Technology Tuesday
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Technology Tuesdays

Multiple Options Available

1 hour, 30 minutes

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This series of free webinars is geared toward dairy producers, employees, and agribusiness professionals. More
Dairy Management Monday
Dairy Management Mondays - Webinars Webinars

Dairy Management Mondays

Multiple Options Available

1 hour

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Designed for dairy producers, their employees and advisors, this series includes presentations on topics important to the management of the dairy farm. 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
Handling Manure with Gypsum Bedding
Handling Manure with Gypsum Bedding - Webinars Webinars
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Gypsum bedding is a source of sulfur that leads to increased hydrogen sulfide gas production in manure storage. More
Ag Digesters 101
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Ag Digesters 101

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How an ag digester works, and possible uses for the bio-gas produced. 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
Sustainable Dairy Cropping Systems
Sustainable Dairy Cropping Systems - Articles Articles
We are assisting eight cooperating farmers in four Pennsylvania counties to evaluate cropping systems designed to conserve, soil, nutrients, and energy on livestock farms. More
Heifer Nutrition Modifications to Reduce Manure Production
Heifer Nutrition Modifications to Reduce Manure Production - Articles Articles

Heifer Nutrition Modifications to Reduce Manure Production

Jud Heinrichs, G. I. Zanton, G. J. Lascano

Replacing forage dry matter with concentrates offers potential to improve the efficiency of heifer feeding, while maintaining similar rates of gain and reducing excretion of manure and nutrients. More
Reducing Dietary Phosphorus in the Dairy Herd
Reducing Dietary Phosphorus in the Dairy Herd - Articles Articles
This publication addresses the phosphorus needs of the dairy cow and ways in which dietary phosphorus can be reduced. More
Nitrogen, Ammonia Emissions and the Dairy Cow
Nitrogen, Ammonia Emissions and the Dairy Cow - Articles Articles
This article explains how nitrogen fed to cows contributes to ammonia emissions and explores feeding strategies to reduce excess nitrogen in the diet. More
Carbon, Methane Emissions and the Dairy Cow
Carbon, Methane Emissions and the Dairy Cow - Articles Articles
Methane contributes to greenhouse gas emissions, but some dietary practices reduce methane production, including ionophores, fats, high quality forages, and increased grain. More
Free Choice Feeding of Phosphorus Containing Minerals
Free Choice Feeding of Phosphorus Containing Minerals - Articles Articles
Environmental concerns have forced the animal industry to re-evaluate phosphorus levels formulated in diets to avoid excess intake and excretion. More
Comprehensive Feed Management Monitoring Spreadsheet for Dairy Cows
Comprehensive Feed Management Monitoring Spreadsheet for Dairy Cows - Tools and Apps Tools and Apps
A monitoring tool (Excel spreadsheet) for protein and phosphorus levels in the ration and manure evaluating lactating and dry cows, and heifers. 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
Feed Management: Phosphorus Levels in Component-Fed Herds
Feed Management: Phosphorus Levels in Component-Fed Herds - Articles Articles
Herds with lactating dairy cattle exceeding fecal phosphorus levels from 0.55 to 0.80% on a dry matter basis have opportunity for improvement. More
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