Amy Millmier Schmidt - Livestock Bioenvironmental Engineer

Amy Millmier Schmidt - Livestock Bioenvironmental Engineer

Cedar Tree, Manure and Soil Health Field Day

field day flyer
Join us for a field day on October 25th at the Howard County Fairgrounds and discover how cedar mulch can be combined with manure to improve soil health. There will be multiple demonstrations and discussions throughout the program including: soil health evaluation, nitrogen management and using manure in cropping systems, cedar tree management, soil carbon injection and cedar tree saw milling.

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Tips for Winter Manure Application

snow covered manure
One of the key rules of manure management is to pump and spread manure whenever weather and field conditions allow so that you can maintain storage capacity in case of inclement weather. Unfortunately, “perfect manure application weather” is rare and seldom lasts as long as you need it to. So, if you’re heading into winter with a manure storage that hasn’t been pumped down as much as it needs to be, consider these tips when planning for application.

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Proposed Changes to Nebraska Recommendations for Manure Nitrogen Credit

 This article introduces University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) proposed changes in recommendations for crediting manure nitrogen in a crop’s fertility program.
Managing manure for economic and environmental benefit is based, in part, upon our ability to efficiently recycle manure nitrogen (N) between animals and crops. This article introduces University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) proposed changes in recommendations for crediting manure nitrogen in a crop’s fertility program.

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The Five Things Every Livestock Farmer Should Know About Biosecurity

biosecurity sign with potential biosecurity risks
If you raise livestock or poultry, you know it is in your best interest to keep your animals as healthy as possible. Healthy animals grow better. They also produce higher quality products, like meat, milk and eggs, and produce them with greater efficiency when they are healthy. So, along with keeping animals well fed and watered, comfortable, and safe, it is important to keep them healthy by minimizing their exposure to disease-causing organisms.

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Disposal of Flood Soaked Grains and Forages

Flood damaged feeds present some unique challenges. Photo courtesy of John Wilson and Lee Valley, Inc.

Flood-soaked grain or hay is almost certain to be contaminated, making it unfit for use as food or feed.  This summary describes regulatory considerations and recommended actions for management of agricultural grains and forages deemed unusable for food or feed following flooding.

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