ANNAPOLIS - The Maryland Department of Agriculture still has cost-share funds available for the use of minimum disturbance manure injection equipment this spring.
This is an excellent opportunity for farmers with liquid manure to save on their fertilizer costs as manure injection substantially reduces the loss of ammonia nitrogen through volatilization and works well with no-till planting.
With the increasing cost of nitrogen, farmers should consider the financial benefit of this program.
The Department of Agriculture will provide 50 percent of the project cost up to $2,000 per farm. Participating farmers will be asked to reduce the amount of commercial fertilizer by a specific amount, since the injection will conserve nutrients typically lost during surface application of manure. It is anticipated the manure injection will be done in March and early April, prior to the start of the planting season.
For more information or to sign up, contact Dwight Dotterer at the Maryland Department of Agriculture, 301-694-9290, ext. 30 or Dwight.Dotterer@md.nacdnet.net as soon as possible. An application is available on line at http://mascd.net/fieldday/eqip/Manuar_CS_App.pdf