Carrington Nutrient Management Field Day – Aug. 12

Farm Forum

A nutrient management field day will be held Tuesday, Aug, 12, at North Dakota State University’s Carrington Research Extension Center.

The event will begin with registration at 9:30 a.m. and run until 3 p.m. Lunch will be served.

The presenters and topics to be covered are:

• Rachel Fast, North Dakota Department of Health’s Division of Water Quality – proper composting site selection

• Mary Berg, NDSU Extension area livestock environmental management specialist, and Karl Hoppe, NDSU Extension area livestock systems specialist, both at the Carrington center, and a local livestock producer – mortality composting: what works, what is challenging and what is the best “recipe” for an operation

• Ryan Odenbach, 319 watershed coordinator, Stutsman County – manure composting process and how to build and maintain a compost pile or row

• Ted Alme, agronomist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service – manure vs. compost

• Ezra Aberle, agronomy research specialist at the Carrington center – new data from the cropping systems research conducted at the center, including data compiled during six years, and the economics of commercial fertilizer vs. compost on various crops and tillage systems

• Paulo Flores, nutrient management specialist at the Carrington center – manure demonstration plots consisting of corn and wheat with various rates of beef manure and commercial fertilizer

The event also will include demonstrations of mortality and manure composting, crop plots and three models of compost turners.

“While this event is open to the public, crop producers, livestock producers and farmer educators are especially encouraged to attend,” Berg says.

Preregister by Friday, Aug. 8, to help event organizers make lunch arrangements. Organizers have applied for 3 continuing education credits.

For more information or to register, contact Berg at (701) 652-2951 or

The Carrington Research Extension Center is 3.5 miles north of the junction of U.S. Highway 281 and North Dakota Highway 200.