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.
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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