09_17_2015 – Complete Soil Test Critical to Balance Soils
Thursday, September 17, 2015
8:00 p.m. CDT (Central Daylight Time)
Complete Soil Test Critical to Balance Soils
Dennis Klockenga, ProfitProAG Crop Management Consultant, will discuss what a complete soil test entails. The normal analysis includes N, P, K, OM and pH. In addition, Ca, Mg, S, Na, base saturation, CEC and micronutrients needs to be analyzed. Most people understand why N, P, K, pH and OM are important, but why are all of these additional components important? Find out the answer as Dennis shares in-depth information to this question and more. A well balanced, fertile soil will consistently outperform one that is out of balance. It starts with a complete soil test as well as the right person to interpret it and provide guidance.
Manure Safety and Foaming
Chris Chodur, ProfitProAG Manure Management Consultant, will share information on manure safety and foaming. As cooler weather approaches, manure pit pumping and application is around the corner. One safety concern is foaming. Manure foaming occurs primarily in hog facilities and, most commonly, in the Midwestern states and Canada. The foam can be very dangerous and lethal to both pigs and workers around the manure pits. Foam in manure pits is linked to hog suffocation as well as incidents of barn fires and explosions. Methane and hydrogen sulfide gases are produced during the anaerobic breakdown of manure. Proper ventilation of the barn during pump-out is critical.
There are no proven ways to prevent or predict manure foaming. Currently the focus remains on treating the symptoms. ProfitProAG sells a product called Manure Master FoamAway™ as part of their Manure Management product line. FoamAway works fast and effectively on knocking down foam and provides a six to eight week residual. It is available in a dry formulation, is easy to apply and reduces the hazard potentials with foaming pits.