Plant and Soil Health: Webinar: Should Manure be Part of your Crop Production?

Applying manure can be a beneficial practice that increases organic matter and adds nutrients to the soil, but there are various factors to be mindful of as well. University of Wisconsin – Extension reps Kevin Erb, CCA, and Morgan Hayes, Clinical Assistant Professor, discuss ways to maximize the benefits when applying manure.

Key Takeaways:

  • Be careful to not apply manure to ground that is already wet.
    • Discharge is not acceptable.
  • Applying manure can supplement the soil with nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium, as well as micronutrients like boron, sulfur and zinc.
  • Manure can help mitigate the negative effects of both dry and wet summers.
    • It helps retain soil moisture during dry summers and helps fields drain more quickly during wet summers.
  • Communicate with neighbors to know their schedules.
    • Be willing to adjust manure applications if they are hosting an outdoor event.

1 CEU in Nutrient Management is available for this webinar. Visit the Certified Crop Adviser website to self-report your credit after viewing the webinar recording.

Illinois Soybean Association
The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) is a statewide organization that strives to enable Illinois soybean producers to be the most knowledgeable and profitable soybean producers around the world. ISA represents more than 43,000 soybean farmers in Illinois through two primary roles; the state soybean checkoff and legislative and regulatory advocacy efforts.



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