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By Ad Crable
Bay Journal News Service 

Manure Injection Passes 'Smell Test' as Best Management Practice

 

August 15, 2019

Penn State Extension

A tractor fitted with an injector and a pipe to pump liquid manure from the farm's storage facility injects that manure below the surface in southcentral Pennsylvania.

For centuries across the Chesapeake Bay region, farmers have spread manure on their fields to boost crop growth and dispose of animal waste.

But stormwater runoff can send those manure-based nutrients into local streams and eventually the bay. Reducing runoff from farmland is one of the biggest challenges remaining in cleaning up the bay. (Editor's Note: Both Blair and Bedford counties are in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.)

Now, after decades of experimentation and false starts, injecting liquid manure into the ground, rather than on top of it, is gaining traction among mainstream farmers. T...



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