The overall goal was to increase the awareness and knowledge among Alberta pork producers of the soil and nutrient management BMPs that reduce or remove atmospheric GHGs. Through this program it is expected the rate of adoption of these BMPs among producers will be increased. The project aimed to increase the rate of adoption of soil and nutrient BMPs through demonstrations of these BMPs across Alberta, thereby increasing the awareness of greenhouse gases. Nitrous oxide emission reduction, applying nutrients to match crop needs and odor control were important features demonstrated.
Summary of Results Achieved
The low disturbance liquid hog manure injection demonstrations in the context of direct seeding helped producers become more aware of manure management issues, alternatives for application and greenhouse gas issues. RTL was able to work with Alberta Pork, Alberta Agriculture, Food and Rural Development (AAFRD), municipal conservation technicians, municipalities and producer groups to demonstrate and promote low disturbance injection. Participation in conferences and field days increased the effectiveness of the efforts. The use of field demonstration observations provided material for winter extension meetings.
The effort to work with custom applicators enhanced the exchange of ideas on how to improve the systems. Crop producers using manure were shown greenhouse gas friendly application techniques, odor reduction and how to estimate the value of the product.
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