Andersen: Manure is valuable, should be treated like fertilizer

According to Daniel Andersen, assistant professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering at Iowa State University, there is about $24 worth of nutrients in 1,000 gallons of dairy manure. “It has lots of potential value but it’s got to get to the right field at the right time and in the right amount,” he said. “There might … Continue reading Andersen: Manure is valuable, should be treated like fertilizer

Andersen: Workshop offers insight on water quality issues

When Iowans talk about water quality, they sometimes think the major problem is manure. “I’m a big fan of the nutrient reduction strategy,” says Iowa State University Extension Agricultural Engineer Dan Andersen. “I’m not a big fan of when people call it the manure reduction strategy.” Andersen was one of the speakers at a manure management workshop … Continue reading Andersen: Workshop offers insight on water quality issues

Andersen: Understanding manure flow is a piece of cake

Daniel Andersen, Iowa State University assistant professor in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering specializing in Manure Management, recently addressed questions of how manure moves through the soil profile in a recent edition of his blog “The Manure Scoop.” Andersen, aka Dr. Manure, explains that there are some factors at play that determine how manure filters down — … Continue reading Andersen: Understanding manure flow is a piece of cake

Andersen: Producers respond to H2S deaths

When manure is disturbed or agitated, H2S is released into the air “in bursts,” says Dan Andersen, ag and biosystems engineering professor at Iowa State University. Air concentrations can increase a thousand-fold, reaching deadly levels within seconds.

ISU review finds majority of technologies aimed at reducing odor and gas emissions from livestock production never see field-scale testing

A review of hundreds of academic articles on technologies to reduce odor and gas emissions from livestock operations shows that most such technologies undergo lab testing but never reach farm-scale study. A team of ISU researchers surveyed all the available publications on mitigation practices that focus on animal housing, manure storage and land application techniques.

Andersen: Pit foaming continues to endanger pork producers

Pit foaming creates a dangerous environment for producers, said Dan Andersen, an ag engineer with Iowa State University. He said producers need to check pits often because conditions can change quickly. Andersen said three things are need to create foam — biogas, something to surround the bubble and something to stabilize the bubble. Feeding distillers grains is the … Continue reading Andersen: Pit foaming continues to endanger pork producers

Andersen: Timing, nutrients, environment factor into fertilizing decisions

With the wide variety of farming operations and soil types in the Midwest, farmers need to answer a few important questions when contemplating manure fertilizer: When are the best times of the year to apply and what are the key factors in this decision? Dan Andersen, assistant professor in agricultural engineering at Iowa State University, who … Continue reading Andersen: Timing, nutrients, environment factor into fertilizing decisions

Andersen: Get the most from your farm’s manure

Andersen, an ISU assistant professor of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering specializing in manure management, reminds producers to adhere to the rule of waiting for soils to get down to 50 degrees F (and cooling) at a four-inch depth before applying anhydrous ammonia to fields. Andersen writes that this 50-degree rule also applies to ammonia-rich manure. … Continue reading Andersen: Get the most from your farm’s manure