Soil science professor Jeff Schoenau and his research team — also known as the poo crew — are in the second year of a five-year study trying to find the optimal methods of applying manure to a field. 
| File photo

Research studies best way to apply manure

A U of S project will compare fertilization, traditional manure application and variable-rate manure application

The University of Saskatchewan’s Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence is looking into ways to make better use of an under-appreciated resource — manure. Soil science professor Jeff Schoenau and his research team — also known as the poo crew — are in the second year of a five-year study trying to find the optimal […] Read more

Technology developed by Victoria Ross involves feeding manure to duckweed in an aquaponics system, which produces biogas and a concentrated fertilizer.  |  File photo

Student finds way to put manure to use

The University of Calgary business student starts a company that uses manure as a concentrated fertilizer and energy source

Growing up on a ranch in the British Columbia interior, Victoria Ross understood that manure disposal is an ongoing challenge. Now a business student at the University of Calgary, she has created Agro Systems, a company using manure as a concentrated fertilizer and energy source. Ross has been working on the project for more than […] Read more

With commodity prices softening, Ole Beckmann hopes North American farmers will look for new manure technology to reap the most from the resource.  |  Jeffrey Carter photo

German dribble manure technology debuts in Canada

The Vogelsang unit is equipped with a knife and cutting screen,
turning manure into “liquid gold” that can be applied to a growing crop

WOODSTOCK, Ont. — Manure application technology from Germany has arrived in North America. Ole Beckmann, international sales manager with Hugo Vogelsang GBMH & Co., said dribble manure application was developed in the late 1960s in Germany and is now used widely in Europe. Vogelsang developed the first dribbler bar in 1978. The technology caught the […] Read more


Dairy and hog producers burn a lot of extra diesel trying to agitate and pump slurry that’s the consistency of oatmeal.  A new bacterial agent promises to make that slurry pump more like cream of wheat.  | Ron Lyseng photo

Turn thick lumpy gumbo into nice runny slurry

GUELPH, Ont. — Agitating and pumping slurry is a large ongoing expense for hog and dairy farmers because slurry typically has the consistency of lumpy gumbo. However, it’s not as much of a problem for the 500 Canadian livestock producers who regularly introduce a biological additive called BactZyme into their slurry pits, says Andrew Flokstra, […] Read more

A bulk bagger packages Crystal Green, the enhanced efficiency fertilizer produced by the Ostara system.  |  Rob Bovarnick photo

Extracted nutrients form new fertilizer

Waste-water management | Ostara’s patented Pearl process could help address phosphorus concerns in Lake Winnipeg

Isolating and transporting phosphorus and nitrogen has always been the Holy Grail for scientists trying to develop better manure management technologies. If those two elements could be economically extracted and exported beyond the point of origin, pollution from manure could be nearly eliminated and commercial grade fertilizer could be sold at a profit far past […] Read more


Branson says the puck boat is an environmentally friendly method of handling liquid slurry. |  Puck Enterprises photo

Puck boat puts more profit in pocket

One 245 horsepower Puck Agitation Boat does the work of four tractors and four agitators, says a custom slurry applicator. It also does a better job cleaning out the lagoon. Ian Branson, who owns Branson’s TBHS in Brandon, said he used four tractors powering four agitators for the first 10 years that he was in […] Read more

Digesters unlock manure’s potential

There’s no doubt anaerobic digesters work, but making them economically viable in Canada’s extreme prairie winter is another matter. Anaerobic digesters use heat to convert biomass, whether it’s for generating electricity or producing environmentally friendly materials. There are two types of digesters: the more common mesophillic digestion system that functions at 35 C and thermophillic […] Read more

John Van Lierop of Sunova Worx in Lakeside, Ont., with the receiver and controller for the remote pump system. A warning lamp and siren occurs when the unit starts, letting anyone in the area know the pump is about to fire up.  |  Michael Raine photo

Remote pump controls beyond cellular reach

Radio remote | Broadcaster One uses digital radio signals to provide instructions and telematics data in the field

WOODSTOCK, Ont. — Liquid manure isn’t the nicest product with which to work and managing the pumps is time consuming. That’s why John Van Lierop felt his customers would appreciate a reliable remote pump engine controller that works in places where cellular coverage wasn’t available or consistent. “In this sort of work, you need something […] Read more


Ed Vandenburg said his dairy cows spend more time lying down since he replaced their usual wood shavings bedding with dry manure from his new separator. He expects fewer problems with leg sores and wood splinters. | Barb Glen photo

Waste produces softer cattle bedding

Computer system maintains consistency | Separating solids from liquids helps dairy farmers reduce costs and labour

A growing number of dairy farms are investing in manure handling equipment that separates liquids from solids with the goal of reducing costs. Ed Vandenburg, who has a 90-cow operation near Lethbridge, installed a fan separator system this summer that has now been running for just over a week in his new dairy barn. He […] Read more