ISS Manure Management Named a Best Management Practice by State of Wisconsin officials
has worked closely with Integrated Separation Solutions
(ISS) to incorporate a wastewater treatment plant
tailor-made to fit our dairy operation.
The technology developed by ISS makes sense for the dairy farm community. It eliminates the need for agitation which reduces the odors coming from dairies. Partitioning manure into different products allows the right nutrients to be cost effectively applied to fields that can use them, reducing the risk of runoff. And, with fewer trucks hauling manure to far-off fields, it means more peace of mind for dairy producers and the communities in which their businesses operate.
Our ISS wastewater treatment facility
has benefits for our environment, our animals and
our community. The facility:
Allows for the recycling of sand for use as bedding.
Allows for safer application of manure solids for reuse as fertilizer and soil conditioner.
Replaces most of the fresh water used in our previous system with recycled water.
Reduces the volume of liquid manure that must be stored at the site and landspread on crops.
Optimizes nutrient content of manure for use as fertilizer.
'Tea Water': a low nutrient by-product ideal for irrigation
discusses the benefits of using "Tea
Water," a by-product of our waste water
treatment facility. The waste water treatment
plant has been named a 'Best Management
Practice' by State of Wisconsin officials.
The "Tea Water" allows Larson Acres
to apply nutrients to their crops
only where and when it is most needed.
McLanahan Sand Separator
While there are a number of bedding
options for our animals, at Larson Acres we believe
that sand bedding is the best for cow comfort and
the health of our animals. Sand provides a healthy
environment for the udder, keeps cows cleaner, and
aids in hoof traction on slick concrete.
Our sand separation technology, developed
by the McLanahan Corporation, has helped us reduce
the number of truckloads of sand we receive each
month. This reduces local traffic,
saves over 13,000 tons of sand a year and reduces
the amount of diesel fuel burned each year by approximately
2,250 gallons. The sand separation equipment is also
a valuable component of our ISS wastewater treatment
The Benefits of Recycling Sand at Larson Acres
Mike Larson discusses the benefits of using sand separation technology to recycle the sand bedding used on the family farm.
At Larson Acres we take our role as stewards of the land very seriously. We’ve been caring for our soil for nearly 100 years, making use of the latest in innovative technology to protect the land for future generations.
Larson Acres employs Precision Ag and Nutrient Management Planning (NMP) to not only optimize our yields and productivity, but to protect our environment. Both Precision Ag and NMP are scientific farming techniques that ensure just the right amounts of nutrients are used in just the right places on any given field. Precision Ag utilizes such innovative processes as field mapping, grid soil sampling and conductivity, variable rate technology and Global Positioning System (GPS) imaging and mapping. The result is soil that is balanced, without excessive nutrients.
Precision Ag allows us pinpoint accuracy
in placing nutrients such as Nitrogen, Potassium and Phosphorus.
Meticulous soil and land analysis, combined with careful
NMP, allows us to determine a precise application plan.
Knowing the right type of nutrient, the correct rate of
application and exactly where and when it should be applied
prevents over application or over feeding. Precision Ag
allows us to apply only what the crop actually needs, preventing
runoff into streams and waterways.
We understand the interconnectivity of our environment and are committed to using techniques and technology that safeguards the land.
Precision Ag & the Environment
discusses the environmental benefits of
Larson Acres' use of Precision Ag technology
to manage nutrients on their crops.