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2009-09-15 13:32:28

Authorities in Michigan said a man who fired a gun during a feud with neighbors about manure was arrested by Taser-wielding deputies. Huron County sheriff's deputies said Casey and Tina Jahn were spreading lime and manure on their farm at about 9:30 a.m. when a 45-year-old neighbor who had previously argued with the couple about placement of the fertilizer began firing his shotgun, the Saginaw (Mich.) News reported Tuesday. Deputies said the man aimed the gun at the couple when they climbed...

2009-07-31 14:47:15

A Pennsylvania dairy farmer said his farm and several local homes are all powered by the same source -- droppings from his cows. Shawn Saylor, 36, of Rockwood, said rising energy costs led him to become interested in a process called anaerobic digestion, which involves manure heated for 16 days to make methane gas, which is then burned in two engine generators, CNN reported Friday. It's a pretty simple process. There's not really a lot to it, Saylor said. Manure comes from the cows, and...

2009-07-21 12:22:22

Amounts of carbon discharged from manure spread on tiled fields is about the same as other sources of fertilizer, Purdue University scientists in Indiana said. Tiles set beneath farm fields direct excess water from the soil into streams. It was traditionally believed tiles flush manure into water systems more quickly, increasing the growth of bacteria, such as E.coli, which consume the dissolved carbon found in effluent, Purdue agronomists Ron Turco and Sylvie Brouder said. Six years of...

2009-07-16 10:51:26

Waste from the textiles industry could with the assistance of earthworms and some animal manure become a rich compost for agriculture, according to a report in the International Journal of Environment and Pollution.Most gardeners will tell you the earthworm is their best friend as it aerates the soil and helps break down compostable materials so releasing nutrients for improved plant growth. One particular species of earthworm, known as Eisenia foetida, thrives in rotting vegetation, compost,...

2009-06-24 15:36:32

In the mating world of yellow dung flies, large, brawny males almost always get the girl. However, a new study suggests that smaller males rule if presented with an opportunity to woo females when they are not hanging out on cow dung. It is the first time alternative male reproductive strategies have been observed in this species.In a study published in the June 24 Proceedings of The Royal Society B, a group of Syracuse University (N.Y.) undergraduate students found that small male dung...

2009-06-20 08:08:58

Specific land management practices in agricultural watersheds, such as manure application, can affect carbon losses, according to a study in the Journal of Environmental Quality Dissolved organic carbon (DOC) losses from tile drains are an underquantified portion of the terrestrial carbon cycle. This is particularly important in the eastern corn belt where tile drainage dominates the agricultural landscape. Specific land management practices, such as manure application, can play a large role...

2009-05-14 10:41:09

A U.S. researcher has been awarded a $222,000 grant to reduce bacteria being spread from farms and gardens through the use of manure as a fertilizer. Clemson University food safety researcher, Associate Professor Xiuping Jiang, said a teaspoon of fertile soil can have as many as 1 billion bacteria -- some that can cause extreme sickness and even death. But Jiang's research shows that by raising temperatures and using other approaches, bacterial counts in compost are reduced. The funding --...

2009-03-31 14:35:34

A Dutch study suggests antibiotics used extensively in intensive livestock production might have an adverse effect on agricultural soil ecosystems. University of Utrecht researchers led by Heike Schmitt studied the effects of antibiotics passed from animals in manure that was then spread on farmland. Although higher organisms, such as earthworms, would only be affected at unrealistic concentrations of antibiotics, the scientists said changes in soil bacterial communities have been found...

2009-03-05 18:40:14

A Seattle zoo said it is canceling its spring Zoo Doo fecal compost sale due to high levels of herbicide in the manure blend. Woodland Park Zoo officials said unacceptable levels of the herbicide clopyralid were detected in the compost, which is comprised of manures from several animals, straw bedding, wood chips, leaves and grass, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported Thursday. We deeply regret that Zoo Doo will not be available for our many loyal users, zoo representative Dan Corum said....

2009-03-05 15:01:56

Chinese scientists say they've discovered chicken manure can be used to biodegrade crude oil in contaminated soil. Bello Yakubu, Huiwen Ma and ChuYu Zhang of Wuhan University said they determined bacteria contained in the manure breaks down 50 percent more crude oil than in soil lacking the manure. The scientists said current approaches to remove soil contaminated by crude oil caused by equipment failure, natural disasters or human error come with additional environmental costs. Detergents,...


Latest Manure Reference Libraries

Enviropig
2013-10-02 09:09:32

Enviropig is the trademark for a genetically modified line of Yorkshire pigs with the capability to digest plant phosphorus more efficiently than ordinary unmodified pigs that was developed at the University of Guelph. The benefits of the Enviropig, if commercialized, include reduced feed cost and reduced phosphorus pollution as compared to the raising of ordinary pigs. Enviropigs create the enzyme phytase in their salivary glands. When cereal grains are consumed, the phytase mixes with...

Manure
2013-03-03 08:35:14

Image Caption: A field in Randers, Denmark. A pile of manure is in the foreground. Credit: Malene Thyssen/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 2.5) Manure is organic matter that comes from farmyard animal waste as well as from crop cover. Manure from cows, pigs, horses, chickens, rabbits, etc. is broken down into organic matter and used as organic fertilizer. “Green” manure is derived from planting a cover crop, such as clover, to be plowed directly back into the soil. Bacteria traps nitrogen and other...

Compost
2013-03-03 07:19:30

Image Caption: Compost barrel with compost and tools. Credit: Diego Grez/Wikipedia Compost is fertilizer made from decomposed organic matter that is then tilled directly into the soil or used as an additive when transplanting seedlings. Composting can be very simplistic or complex, depending on the amount of compost needed. Compost is widely used in organic farming because of its high nutrient content and natural pesticide abilities. Composting is simply piling, systematically,...

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