Manure Slurry Seeding Grows Covers

New no-till compatible technology developed at Michigan State will be demonstrated at OSU field day.

Published on: Jul 18, 2013

Manure slurry seeding is a new, no-till compatible manure application and cover crop establishment method that uses aeration tillage and liquid manure to apply seeds. It works too.

"We recently acquired an AerWay toolbar that we can put on the manure tank to mix the seed with liquid manure to research how a variety of seeds work with the systems," says Amanda Douridas, an Ohio State University Extension agriculture and natural resources educator. She will be demonstrating slurry seeding technology developed at Michigan State University, slurry seeding during a Western Ohio Forage Day Aug. 21, offered by experts with Ohio State University's College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

Manure Slurry Seeding Grows Covers
Manure Slurry Seeding Grows Covers

"We will demonstrate our research trials using a variety of seed trials to see which works best," she says.

Alfalfa management and native grasses for forage and biofuel are just some of the topics farmers and producers can get updates on at the field day.  In addition to the slurry seeding demonstration, it will feature information on issues that producers and growers can benefit now from, such as forage preservation.

The event is from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center Western Agricultural Research Station, 7721 South Charleston Pike, in South Charleston.

The event begins with a wagon tour of the Agronomic Crops Trials at the site from 9 a.m. to noon, during which OSU Extension and OARDC researchers will talk about the latest innovations in forages. The field demonstrations will be held in the afternoon.

Topics for discussion during the morning session include: 
•Grass interseeded into alfalfa
•Leafhopper resistant alfalfa trials
•Warm season annuals after wheat, conventional, no-till and slurry seeded
•Nutritional aspects of warm season annuals and corn silage
•Alfalfa management inputs for high yield
•Red and white clover variety trials
•Native grasses for forage and biofuel

Registration for the program is $20. Payments can be sent to Douridas at 18000 State Route 4, Suite E, Marysville, Ohio 43040. The deadline to register is Aug. 14.