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Title: Pathogen transport modeling during spray irrigation of liquid manure in wisconsin

item LIANG, Y. - University Of Wisconsin
item LARSON, REBECCA - University Of Wisconsin
item ZOPP, ZACHRIAH - University Of Wisconsin
item Borchardt, Mark
item CHOI, CHRISTOPHER - University Of Wisconsin

Submitted to: American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 3/3/2014
Publication Date: 7/11/2014
Citation: Liang, Y., Larson, R.A., Zopp, Z.P., Borchardt, M.A., Choi, C.Y. 2014. Pathogen transport modeling during spray irrigation of liquid manure in wisconsin. American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. jULY 13-16, 2014.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Applying manure by means of spray irrigation has become a promising way to manage manure dispersal and make a profit. However, this method could spread a variety of pathogens that cause human disease and is therefore considered hazardous, especially to field workers and people living nearby. In Wisconsin, the current regulation governing the spraying of liquid manure stipulates a setback distance of 500 feet, and this prescribed distance might yet be increased unless it can be demonstrated that the current setback (or a shorter one) is safe. However, assessing the quantitative microbial risk and determining a safe minimal setback distance requires not only field sampling studies but also modeling. Consequently, this study focused on modeling the pathogen transport that occurs during spraying. Preliminary outcomes demonstrated good agreement with the field study data, but limitations exist due to the assumptions made in the existing model. These limitations could be overcome with controlled experiments and corresponding modeling efforts.