Dairy Training Event - Whatcom

Nutrient Management Training for Dairy Producers in Western WA

Wednesday, January 7, 2015


Dairy Training - 01 - What is in your DNMP?

Nichole Embertson, PhD, Whatcom Conservation District

Dr Nichole Embertson gives a brief overview of what is in your Dairy Nutrient Management Plan (DNMP) as a way to introduce the upcoming talks for the day.

Dairy Training - 02 - Dairy Nutrient Management Rules and Regulations

Chery Sullivan, WSDA

Chery Sullivan goes over the rules and regulations related to dairy operations in Washington State. Chery also goes over the expectations of the Dairy Nutrient Management Act including penalties, inspections, recordkeeping requirements, and third party applications. She also covers some upcoming potential legislation and how that will effect dairy producers in WA.

Dairy Training - 03 - Manure verses Chemical Fertilizer

Nichole Embertson, PhD, Whatcom Conservation District

Dr Nichole Embertson gives overview comparison of the differences between manure verses chemical fertilizer use. She goes over why manure is a valuable commodity on your farm, but also some of the challenges you need to be aware of when using it as a fertilizer.

Dairy Training - 04 - Nutrient Cycling in the Environment

Nichole Embertson, PhD, Whatcom Conservation District

Doug Collins, PhD, Washington State University

Drs Nichole Embertson and Doug Collins join forces to talk about nutrient (N, P, K) cycling in the environment including soil, groundwater (leaching), surface water (runoff), and air emissions. Doug starts off with a great overview of your soils and how they impact your crops and nutrient use. Nichole then complements that information by describing why and how manure nutrients can be an issue in surface water, groundwater, and air.

Dairy Training - 05 - Crops and Agronomic Rate Application

Andy Bary, Washington State University

Andy Bary gives an overview of some of the more pertinent topics of agronomic crop production in Western WA including nitrogen movement and availability, N use efficiency, soil sampling timing, and crop nutrient needs. He utilizes Extension publications to go over the process of estimating PAN (plant available nitrogen) and manure nutrient availability (Estimating Plant Available Nitrogen from Manure, EM 8954-E).

Dairy Training - 06 - Irrigation Water Management

Troy Peters, PhD, Washington State University

Dr Troy Peters goes over the benefits of irrigation water management including why it matters, how proper irrigation scheduling can increase yields, and the pitfalls of over irrigating. Using great illustrations and graphs, Troy explains how irrigation management can help you improve crop yields while reducing leaching risks. Additionally, Dr Peters gives a great tutorial on using the Irrigation Schedule tool which is available for free at http://weather.wsu.edu/is.

Dairy Training - 07 - Understanding Your Fields for Manure Risk Management

Nichole Embertson, PhD, Whatcom Conservation District

Dr Nichole Embertson goes over some of the factors that could lead to a pollution event from a manure applied field including manure application timing, rate, placement, and type. Nichole also discusses what makes a field high risk and introduces new tools to help you manage that risk including the new Manure Spreading Advisory, Application Risk Management system, Manure Application Setbacks, and the new WA Dairy Plan website (www.wadairyplan.org). Lastly, she goes over ways you can help reduce risk with good practices and management techniques.

Dairy Training - 08 - Nutrient Sampling

David Haggith, N3

David Haggith provides a great overview of nutrient sampling protocols, requirements, and sample analysis. Using great examples and bits of humor, David navigates through the complexities of sampling to provide the information you need.

Dairy Training - 09 - On-farm Management and New Technologies

Chris Clark, Whatcom CD

Chris Clark touches on on-farm and mobile technologies to help you management better. He goes over some of the newer technologies available for manure management including precision application equipment, lagoon covers, and solid separators. Chris also shows how Google Forms and Google Maps can be used to help with recordkeeping on farm.

Dairy Training - 10 - Management Tools and Technologies

Nichole Embertson, PhD, Whatcom Conservation District

Dr Nichole Embertson goes over some of the tools and resources available to you to help you implement your nutrient plan more effectively. Most importantly, she goes over the new dairy plan website (www.wadairyplan.org) and all of the useful resources available to producers on that site.