Particulate matter emission rates from beef cattle feedlots in Kansas-reverse dispersion modeling. Academic Article uri icon


  • Open beef cattle feedlots emit various air pollutants, including particulate matter (PM) with equivalent aerodynamic diameter of 10 microm or less (PM10); however limited research has quantified PM10 emission rates from feedlots. This research was conducted to determine emission rates of PM10 from large cattle feedlots in Kansas. Concentrations of PM10 at the downwind and upwind edges of two large cattle feedlots (KS1 and KS2) in Kansas were measured with tapered element oscillating microbalance (TEOM) PM10 monitors from January 2007 to December 2008. Weather conditions at the feedlots were also monitored. From measured PM10 concentrations and weather conditions, PM10 emission rates were determined using reverse modeling with the American Meteorological Society/U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Regulatory Model (AERMOD). The two feedlots differed significantly in median PM10 emission flux (1.60 g/m2-day for KS1 vs. 1.10 g/m2-day for KS2) but not in PM10 emission factor (27 kg/1000 head-day for KS1 and 30 kg/1000 head-day KS2). These emission factors were smaller than published U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) emission factor for cattle feedlots.

published proceedings

  • J Air Waste Manag Assoc

altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Bonifacio, H. F., Maghirang, R. G., Auvermann, B. W., Razote, E. B., Murphy, J. P., & Harner, J. P.

citation count

  • 20

complete list of authors

  • Bonifacio, Henry F||Maghirang, Ronaldo G||Auvermann, Brent W||Razote, Edna B||Murphy, James P||Harner, Joseph P

publication date

  • January 2012