Last fall’s weather-related delays in corn and soybean harvests produced major delays in manure pump-out and land application, setting in motion potentially dangerous situations on some hog operations.
“Unfortunately, several Midwestern swine facilities suffered flash fires and explosions related to liquid manure agitation and pumping from deep pit concrete storage,” says Allan Stokes, director of environmental programs for the National Pork Board.
Due to the rash of reported incidents, the Pork Checkoff’s Environmental Committee contracted with Iowa State University (ISU) researchers to conduct a literature review of the science related to the causes and possible factors and sources for manure-related explosions and flash fires.
The ISU researchers found:
The full literature review and the Pork Checkoff’s Safe Manure Removal Policies Fact Sheet can be found on the Pork Science page on the checkoff’s Web page at www.pork.org.
For more information, contact Allan Stokes at AStokes@pork.org or (515) 223-3447.