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Things You Should Know Before Disposing Waste Milk

How do you dispose of large volumes of milk properly? It is against federal and most state environmental regulations including Texas, to dump milk into surface water or on any non-permeable surfaces. When dumped, nutrients in milk could negatively affect water quality by enhancing algal blooms, which reduce oxygen levels, potentially killing fish and other aquatic organisms. Nutrients overloads and algae blooms may also emit foul-smelling compounds creating an odor concern for nearby communities. When there is no other option, excess milk may be composted with manure, disposed… Read More →

Use of Dry Dairy Manure Pellets as Nutrient Source for Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum var. cerasiforme) Growth in Soilless Media

A sustainable dairy manure amendment for soilless crop growth systems was evaluated for its ability to provide nutrients and serve as a major component of the growing media. After manure liquid/solid separation, the solids stream containing organic N and P was pelletized and used as a nutrient source for cherry tomato (Solanum lycopersicum var. cerasiforme) culture in soilless media. The pellets are low in moisture, odor, and pathogens, and they can be hauled at lower cost over longer distances and more easily stored than raw or composted manure…. Read More →