New diagnostic and analytical tools may enable you to send manure samples out for predictions of gas release.

In the future, air-quality investigators may not need to come to your farm. Instead, you’ll send in a manure sample and they’ll send you a detailed analysis of its potential for the release of gas and particulate matter.

Researchers at the University of Iowa and the University of Minnesota think this will provide an easier and more-efficient solution to air-quality issues. 

They are also working on a way to quantify and standardize odor, as well as a database on livestock odor information. Their efforts should help you develop better on-farm odor-control strategies like building setbacks and ration changes.