Selecting Preferred Land Application Sites: Extension Curricula for Interactive Land Application Education

preview of map in progress
The curricula contains a map where participants keep track of their progress visually as they work through the different activities.

An educational curricula was pilot tested in 2020 by Extension professionals in Nebraska and Minnesota. It utilizes a table-top sized map game board, six pre-planned scenarios, and interactive planning by small groups to select preferred manure application sites. The curricula addresses:

    • How far will I need to travel to manage manure nitrogen? Phosphorus?
    • Which fields benefit the most agronomically from manure?
    • How far can I afford to travel?
    • Which fields benefit most from manure’s soil health benefits?
    • What water quality risks are connected with individual fields?
    • How can I use a weather forecast to minimize neighbor’s odor risks?

These activities often lead to lots of peer-to-peer teaching. For example, we have witnessed discussions about minimizing compactions and planning to minimize impacts on community infrastructure and neighbors. As participants work through these discussions, they add their happy and sad face emojis to the map to weigh the benefits and concerns connected to individual fields.

Resources Available for Adapting to Your State

The curricula includes:

preview of factsheets and worksheets
Factsheets complement each activity’s main worksheet, helping the participants make their decision on which field is the best for manure application.
    • a 25-square mile map,
    • scenarios set up for six alternative animal feeding operations (you pick one for your group),
    • four alternative fields for land application with simplified information cards (soil tests, soil health tests, nutrient requirements, water quality risk indicators), and
    • worksheets and one-page information sheets for each of the six scenarios.

You may download electronic copies of all resources, adapt to your state, and begin sharing a highly interactive and peer-to-peer educational experience.

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Contacts

Leslie Johnson, Rick Koelsch and Amy Schmidt

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Experiences with Slotted Flooring and Litter Management for Turkeys

Kevin Janni, University of Minnesota (14 minutes)

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Broiler Litter Nutrient Content as Influenced by Bedding Management

John Chastain, Clemson University (15 minutes)
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Nutrient Release Characteristics of Poultry Litter: Agronomic and Environmental Implications

Rishi Prasad, Auburn University (21 minutes)
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Continuing Education Units


Certified Crop Advisers (CCA, CPAg, or CPSS)

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American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists (ARPAS)

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Precision Technologies for Managing Manure

This webinar explores in-field measurements of nutrient concentrations and discusses how precision technologies impact agronomic and water quality management decisions as well as pave the way for automating record-keeping and removing human error from applications. This presentation was originally broadcast on April 17, 2020. More…

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Opportunities for Precision Manure Application

Kevin Erb, University of Wisconsin (17 minutes)

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Manure Constituent Sensing

Bergen Nelson, John Deere (13 minutes)
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Precision Farming Decisions for Agronomic and Water Quality Benefits

Laila Puntel, University of Nebraska – Lincoln (23 minutes)
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Questions and Answers

All Presenters (11 minutes)

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Continuing Education Units


Certified Crop Advisers (CCA, CPAg, or CPSS)

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American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists (ARPAS)

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Designer Manure: Customizing Manure Nutrients to Meet Crop Needs

What if we could create ‘designer’ manures to meet crop needs? This webinar ways to blend commercial fertilizers with manure to balance nutrients. This presentation was originally broadcast on February 21, 2020. More…

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Introduction to Designer Manure

Melissa Wilson, University of Minnesota (3 minutes)

Prescription Manure with Growing Crops

Glen Arnold, The Ohio State University (18 minutes)
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Organomineral Fertilizer: What it is and how to use it

Paulo Pagliari, University of Minnesota (13 minutes)
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Custom Fertilizers from Composted Turkey Litter

Blaize Holden, Sustane Natural Fertilizers (20 minutes)
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Questions and Answers

All Presenters (13 minutes)

Continuing Education Units


Certified Crop Advisers (CCA, CPAg, or CPSS)

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American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists (ARPAS)

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Managing manure beyond the farmyard: Manure management for less-typical species and settings

This webinar goes beyond the farm gate and explores how manure and effluent nutrients are handled for some less-than-typical farm-raised animal species. This presentation was originally broadcast on January 17, 2020. More…

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Assessing and Managing Water Use and Discharges From Aquaculture Facilities

Bill West, Blue Iris Environmental, Inc and Blue Iris Fish Farm, LLC (12 minutes)
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Alligator Ranch Waste Management

Doug Hamilton, Oklahoma State University (12 minutes)
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Farming of Cervid Livestock: A Look into Management of the Animal and its Waste

Brandon Smith, Tarleton State University (13 minutes)
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Questions and Answers

All Presenters (11 minutes)

Continuing Education Units


Certified Crop Advisers (CCA, CPAg, or CPSS)

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American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists (ARPAS)

View the archive and report your attendance to ARPAS via their website. Visit the ARPAS continuing education page for additional CEU opportunities.