A question was asked concerning budgeting for expenses associated with
manure on a dairy farm. We've not had that question before, so we have
nothing stored. However, Phil Goodrick announced Smart Pitchfork about a
year ago. A short description is below:
Philip R. Goodrich and Zhongyi Sun
A user-friendly expert system computer program SMART PITCHFORK is
available to assist livestock producers utilize manure more efficiently
for sustainable crop production, reduction of energy inputs and pollution
control. Animal manure nutrient information and nutrient application
plans are determined from rules and calculations bypassing the normal time
consuming hand calculations which hinder the farmer or the custom
applicator. SMART PITCHFORK allows the client to quickly see the options
and understand how the advice was determined. "
The information for retreiving a better description of Smart Pitchfork
is below. Please note you will still have to contact Phil to get a copy
of the software. Phil reads Dairy-L, and perhaps he'll update us.
Hope that helps.
Instructions for Getting File from the Listserv Software
To get a copy of the file, send an e-mail message to:
Put the following line in the body of the message:
GET WASTE TXT
Please note that this file is about 8 Kb in size and it contains
about 1400 words.
Instructions for getting the file by anonymous ftp
To get a copy, ftp to yorick.umd.edu (126.96.36.199) and use anonymous as
the login id and your e-mail address as the password. The file is located
in the pub/dairy-l directory, and is named:
Please note that this is a binary file, so set your transfer method
appropriately. For more detailed information on anonymous ftp from the
Dairy-L site, send an e-mail message to the listserv address above and
put the following line in the body of the message:
GET DAIR-FTP TXT