(LOOGOOTEE) – Poultry producers and other farmers who use poultry litter should attend the “MANURE: Managing All Nutrients by Using Resources Efficiently” workshop on February 2 in Loogootee, to learn how to get the most out of manures as fertilizers and understand state regulations on manure.
The workshop will run from 8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the Martin County Fairgrounds.
Several speakers will provide a thorough look at the different aspects of poultry litter application and its place in a cropping system. Dr. Brad Joern (Purdue University), who specializes in soil chemistry and crop nutrient management planning, will share how to improve the efficiency of manure and nutrients used on an operation. Barry Fisher (United States Department of Agriculture – Natural Resources Conservation Service) will discuss how to incorporate manures in a complete management system. Mark Anson (Anson Family Farms) will provide a firsthand perspective as a farmer who has used cover crops and poultry litter on his operation.
“Don’t be put-off by the topic of the workshop – manure is exciting to the farmers we work with who recognize the many benefits it holds for their operation. Whether they are interested in building up soil organic matter on their land or simply consider it a financial home run, they are looking for ways to efficiently incorporate manure into their management systems,” explained Lisa Holscher, the soil health program manager for the Indiana Association of Soil and Water Districts and the Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative.