By Angie Rieck-Hinz, Department of Agronomy
The 2011 North American Manure Expo will be July 20 in Norfolk, Neb. at the Northeast Community College Agricultural Complex.
The expo is hosted by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) and other land-grant universities in partnership with Nebraska custom manure applicators and businesses and the Iowa Commercial Nutrient Applicators Association.
"Professionalism in Manure Management" is the theme of this year's expo. Educational topics will include: manure stockpiling, manure pit foaming and safety, winter application of manure on frozen soils and more. These are just a few of the educational programs — 23 different sessions in total, repeated twice during the day — that will be offered at the expo. Many of the sessions will be approved for continuing education units for certified crop advisors and others.
Fifty-three vendors from across North America will demonstrate the latest technology in manure management. Equipment demonstrations with manure are planned by vendors, attendees will be able to compare 15 solid spreaders, 13 liquid equipment (towed hose applicators, liquid tankers and sprinkler systems) and six GPS enabled equipment demonstrations. Attendees also will be able to compare sprinkler and solid spread patterns and injector disturbance between different kinds of equipment.
This will be a great opportunity for commercial manure applicators and livestock producers from Iowa to see the latest in manure application equipment and technology and to attend a wide variety of educational session all in one place. The expo is open from 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. There is no cost to attend. For more information about the North American Manure Expo visit http://manureexpo.com/.
Angela Rieck-Hinz is an extension program specialist for Iowa State University Extension and is the coordinator of the Iowa Manure Management Action Group (IMMAG). Rieck-Hinz can be reached at (515) 294-9590 or by emailing email@example.com.