Manure Application Publications Among Recent Extension Releases - UNL CropWatch, Feb. 27, 2013

Manure Application Publications Among Recent Extension Releases - UNL CropWatch, Feb. 27, 2013

February 27, 2013

  • Estimating a Whole Farm Nutrient Balance: Spreadsheet Instructions (EC189, revised February 2013). This guide provides instructions for using the UNL Whole Farm Nutrient Balance Excel® spreadsheet to identify nutrient inputs and outputs. This measure provides an "environmental yardstick" for measuring nutrient performance of a livestock or poultry farm. It also can help producers identiy what nutrient strategy will have the greatest benefit to improving a farm's nutrient balance.
     
  • Manure Nutrient and Land Requirement Estimator: Spreadsheet Instructions (EC 190, revised February 2013). This guide provides instructions for using this Excel® spreadsheet to estimate excretion of nutrients and solids based on national standards and land requirements for application, based on the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service publication Agricultural Waste Management Field Handbook. Typical or average estimates of manure excretion are commonly inaccurate due to differences in animal performance or feeding program. This spreadsheet will produce a farm-specific estimate of manure excretion relevant to a wide range of dietary options and animal performance levels commonly observed in commercial production.
     
  • Manure Use Plan For Nebraska: Spreadsheet Instructions (EC 191, revised February 2013). This guide provides instructions for using the UNL Manure Use Plan Excel® spreadsheet to estimate the nutrient value of manure and acurately credit those nutrients against the nutrient requirements of a crop. It can be used to create an individual field plan for manure and fertilizer application and mtaining records required by environmental regulatory agencies.
     
  • Assisting the Beef Cow at Calving Time (EC1907, new). Six to ten percent of all calves born in beef cow herds in the U.S. die at or soon after birth. Approximately half of those deaths are due to calving difficulty (dystocia). This multimillion dollar annual loss is second only to losses from cows failing to conceive. About 80% of all calves lost at birth are anatomically normal. Most of them die because of injuries or suffocation resulting from difficult or delayed parturition (calving). Learn what you can do to improve the odds and when you need to call for help. 
     
  • Marketing AgriTourism Online (Zmag) (Z100, new). Surveys show people are looking for “authentic” ag experiences. This multi-media publication features information on using the Web and social media to build your agritourism brand and find, engage, and keep your customers. Agritourism – where tourism and agriculture intersect – is one of the fastest growing segments in the tourism industry. Rural agriculture-based businesses can take advantage of this growing market by providing hands-on experiences that help people understand the where and why of their food supply.