Today’s Quick Wash pilot is CANCELLED. From Ag Solutions Coordinator Theresa Dirksen: Good Morning. I hope that this message gets to you in time. Unfortunately, the Quick Wash pilot has been suspended until further notice. This is due to issues with polymers and the dewatering piece of the pilot project. Renewable Nutrients, InNOW, LLC and Fournier Industries will be doing several lab tests over the next few weeks with several samples of local swine manure to optimize the polymer and dewatering portion of the process. While lab testing was done prior to the pilot project scheduled for this week, the lab recommendations did not work in the field. Many trials and attempts were made; however, no polymers seemed to work enough on the manure to dewater effectively at the farm this week.
Moving forward, we plan to still host a local pilot project, but we will first see what the lab testing tells us. Please do not attend the open house from 1 pm to 3 pm today at the Bill Siefring farm, as there will not be much to see. I am extremely disappointed at this point in time, but hopeful that we can complete a successful pilot in the future. And as an FYI, Mercer County and other partners will not be charged for this week’s events.
Ag Solutions is pleased to announce, in cooperation with Cooper Farms and the Lake Improvement Association, that we will be hosting a pilot demonstration of the Quick Wash technology. Quick Wash can recover up to 95% of phosphorus in manure in the form of calcium phosphate. A flyer on the location of pilot and public viewing times is attached. The public is invited to attend on either:
- Wednesday, August 30 from 10 am to 12 pm
- Thursday, August 31 from 1 pm to 3 pm