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.

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