CattleWomen’s Corner: Ginger-orange barbecued beef back ribs

first_imgThis recipe for ginger-orange barbecued beef back ribs comes from the California Beef Council’s Pacific Ribs brochure.6 pounds well trimmed beef back ribs2 teaspoons grated lemon rind1/3 cup fresh lemon juice 1 teaspoon salt2 tablespoons dark soy sauceDash of hot chili oilGrated orange and lemon rind for garnishCut beef between … 3/4 cup fresh orange juice1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger1 tablespoon minced garlic (about 4 cloves)1/2 cup hoisin sauce1/4 cup honeylast_img

Teamwork to find water quality solutions

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Lake Erie was once known around the world for its pollution and water quality problems, but in the 1970s, farmers, environmental groups and industry teamed up to clean up the Lake. This was done by dramatically reducing the total amount phosphorus, much of it attached to soil particles. For farmers, conservation tillage and no-till were an important part of the solution. No-till reduces soil erosion, which reduces the amount of phosphorus attached to soil particles that are leaving the field.The improvements in Lake Erie were amazing, but, unfortunately the problem is back, and this time it is the more vexing form of dissolved phosphorus. To complicate matters, no-till actually may facilitate the loss of dissolved phosphorus. A similar team effort is required to address the complexities of current water quality issues.Without tillage to incorporate fertilizer, over years of application nutrients can get concentrated at the soil surface. At the surface, nutrients are less useful for plants and more prone to be dissolved in solution during big rain events. Once dissolved, they can run off the surface or down to tile lines through hydrologic pathways in the soil.“There is no easy answer for this,” said Andrew Sharpley, a leading expert on phosphorus from the University of Arkansas. “Conservation tillage is one of the biggest benefits in terms of reducing erosion and reducing the total amounts of phosphorus getting into lakes. It has been a huge benefit, but what happens is that there is more soluble phosphorus getting in that can have an impact on the lakes. It doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be doing conservation tillage, but there is a downside to conservation tillage that we need to be aware of. Plowing can reduce dissolved phosphorus, but plowing also increases erosion.”As more research is being conducted on the complex issues with water quality and agriculture, there is increasing focus on the need for incorporation of nutrients.“We need to think about subsurface placement of those nutrients. That is not saying we need to till that in necessarily,” said Kevin King, with USDA’s Agricultural Research Service in Columbus. “We can do that in a no-till fashion. But get those nutrients down three or four inches deep and that will go a long way in reducing what we see coming off the sites.”With this challenge in mind, The Nature Conservancy approached John Deere last year to look for a solution to this problem that maintains the integrity and benefits of no-till and allows for nutrient application below the surface. John Deere then reached out to dealers Kenn-Feld Group and Findlay Implement Co. in the Lake Erie Watershed, along with Ohio State University Extension and USDA-ARS, to find solutions to this problem of harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie.“The biggest things we are hearing from all of these groups is the importance of getting the product incorporated in the soil,” said Kevin Ward, Integrated Solutions Manager for Findlay Implement. “We have the biggest issues when the product is on top of the ground. John Deere and The Nature Conservancy are working together to try and find ways to help our customers that want to do their part in reference to the water quality issues. We started looking at products that we already had out there that could address this problem.”After some thinking, there was significant potential identified with the John Deere 2510H — an anhydrous tool bar for either pre-plant or sidedress applications.“It is considered a high speed applicator of up to 10 miles per hour for anhydrous application,” Ward said. “The design is like a no-till drill opener. There is very minimal soil disturbance and it can be used for fall incorporation or sidedress or pre-plant anhydrous. We take a Montag cart and mount behind it and add a dry tube and hoses to it to make it a dry injector. ”The modified 2510H is less weather sensitive than common strip-till tool and is capable of variable rate application. It is also a tool that is fairly common in the Lake Erie Watershed. The tool offers low disturbance using up to 30% less fuel than conventional applicators and dual season use opportunities. It also features variable depth placement capabilities from 2.5 to 5.5 inches and can be used for single or dual product application.“This tool is essentially strip-tilling without having to plant on the strip,” Ward said. “If you already have the standard anhydrous tool bar, it can be modified for around $50,000 to do this. It includes our geo-referencing equipment so when you apply, your record keeping is done. It is date stamped so you have proof in records that you can print from the computer. That is one thing a lot of guys really like about this, especially with the recently passed legislation that requires more detailed record keeping.”Ward and Matt Fueling, Integrated Solutions Manager for Kenn-Feld Group, gave a presentation on the tool at the Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference in Ada this spring and generated quite a bit of discussion and interest.“You can get 40 acres an hour when you’re running it. You’re doubling the speed you would have with a strip-tiller. With this, it is in the ground and it is done. You can use it with no-till or in a conventional till system. If you are in no-till it is a way to incorporate your fertilizer and maintain your no-till,” Ward said. “From what we have heard from our customers, they believe they can cut rates and plant close to the strip. Field performance has been excellent. We really like the tool. The Nature Conservancy supports placing the nutrient under the soil surface and no-till. This tool does just that.”Experts agree that there is tremendous potential with the use of the tool for reducing the loss of dissolved phosphorus by incorporating fertilizer.“We had it at a field day in Lucas County last summer,” Ward said. “There is a lot of interest but it is an added expense. We have two customers who currently have bars like this.”The Kenn-Feld Group, Findlay Implement Company, The Nature Conservancy and local Soil and Water Conservation Districts are offering the opportunity to rent the 2510H nutrient applicator adapted for bulk dry fertilizer placement this fall for a low rate.“We’d like to get it out to more growers so they can experience the tool,” Ward said.For more information, contact Kevin Ward at 419-424-0471 or [email protected]last_img read more