VAN WERT — Van Wert County Ohio State University Educator Curtis
Young likes to peg the heart of winter days as the “education season”
for farmers. It’s always a challenge, Young said on Thursday during the
2017 Agronomy Day, to supply topics that answer farmers’ current
questions and needs concerning farming.
setting is different,” said Young. “Everyone has different questions and
things to be addressed. We try to touch on topics we feel could be
pertinent for the times and make ourselves available to be open to
questions and discussion throughout the day.”
was held at the Ohio State University Extension office in Van Wert and
addressed such topics as changing weed population, chicken manure’s fit
into a phosphorus management plan, winter manure application rules in
the Western Lake Erie Basin, science versus sales and safety concerns
with reintroducing livestock production back to the farm.
under-riding theme in much of the discussion pertained to understanding
the importance between soil applications, the amount of phosphorus in
applications and rules pertaining to the Western Lake Erie Basin
Other topics included using livestock manure with growing corn to capture the nitrogen value from the soil.
his seminar dealing with how chicken manure fits into the nutrient
phosphorus management plan, Ed Lentz of Agriculture and Natural
Resources from Hancock County stated that the nutrient value of poultry
manure comes from the balance concerns between phosphorus and nitrogen.
hit phosphorus restrictions quicker because of water restrictions,”
said Lentz. “Manure can become a real problem when compared to water
Lentz said the benefits of poultry manure include
improved soil structure, water infiltration and the shortening of
Lentz noted that Van Wert County is one of the
lighter counties around as far as poultry production, especially versus
heavy poultry farming in Mercer County and increased farming in Paulding
“Poultry manure is higher in phosphorus than manures such
as dairy, beef, swine and sheep but that factor can also cause problems
in water quality,” observed Lentz.
Lentz said that the
availability of manure nutrient depends on the nutrient analysis of the
manure, mineralization of the manure, application method and rate of
“Because the phosphorus level in chicken manure is
higher than other manures, it is more difficult to keep a proper
balance,” said Lentz. “There needs to be a balancing of soil test,
determining crop needs, manure analysis and the proper method of