Poultry litter initiative set for Cherokee Co

The Cherokee County Conservation District is pleased to announce a program for landowners that use poultry litter as part of their fertilizer program.

The Cherokee County Conservation District has cost-share funds available to landowners to pay 100 percent of the cost of soil tests on fields where poultry litter is going to be applied.

Cost-share assistance is also available to pay for the cost for poultry litter analysis. The soil test and poultry litter analysis are available with cooperation of the Cherokee County Extension office. Dale Helwig, agricultural agent, can provide poultry litter application recommendations using the soil test and poultry litter analysis information.

Also, because in-field storage is a common practice to store poultry litter prior to the application to the field, consideration should be given to the proper storage of poultry litter prior to application. Poultry litter stored close to streams, road ditches and frequently flooded soils can have a detrimental impact on water quality. In an effort to address this, the Cherokee County Conservation District is providing technical assistance to landowners/producers to properly locate temporary poultry litter storage sites.

KSU Watershed Specialist Herschel George is available to come to your farm to discuss poultry litter storage. George uses a Poultry Litter Storage Site Evaluation Worksheet to evaluate poultry litter storage sites to reduce detrimental impacts on water resources. He also can design poultry litter storage pads that offer additional water quality protection.

The Cherokee County Conservation District has cost-share funds available to install one temporary poultry litter storage site in the county as a demonstration project. Cost-share funds may also be available through the local Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy organization for construction of temporary poultry litter storage pads.

If you have any questions about the program, please contact the Cherokee County Conservation District at 620-429-3013 ext. 3 or visit our office at 300 E. Country Rd., Columbus, KS 66725. £

 

Article from the Sept. 4th, 2014, issue of  Farm Talk Newspaper.

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