Animal Manure Management

Agricultural Production Animal Manure Management

Animal Manure Management

Recycling local manure nutrients before purchasing fertilizer is key to protecting the environment. Manure can be an economic “Win”, due to its fertility value, and a soil quality “Win”, due to its organic matter.  But it can also be a community risk, due to odors and pathogens. Our live educational programs, online courses, and resources provide science-based information on economically viable, environmentally sound manure handling systems that also comply with all regulations.

The science behind 50-degree soil and nitrogen application

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Does nitrogen becoming nitrate mean we are going to lose it? No, it takes rainfall or snowmelt in the spring that will cause a leaching event, but it does increase the risk of loss. Certainly, there is a balance between making sure we get our manure applied before the soil freezes and applying too early, but hopefully the information above illustrates a bit behind the science of the 50°F and cooling recommendation.

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Cedar Tree, Manure and Soil Health Field Day

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Join us for a field day on October 25th at the Howard County Fairgrounds and discover how cedar mulch can be combined with manure to improve soil health. There will be multiple demonstrations and discussions throughout the program including: soil health evaluation, nitrogen management and using manure in cropping systems, cedar tree management, soil carbon injection and cedar tree saw milling.

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Wanted: Feedback for improved manure treatment

Nebraska Manure team survey flyer
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Animal Manure Management Team is conducting a web survey to foster development of technologies that meet the practical manure management needs of modern swine and dairy farms in the Midwest. The survey asks questions about the prevalence of existing systems and practices, needs for and desired outcomes of manure treatment, and current levels of adoption of and satisfaction with treatment technology. As a farm operator and/or facility manager, your feedback is very important in helping us identify needs and advance technologies to better serve a modern swine farm.

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Maximizing Profitability of Manure Use

truck mounted spreader going over tarps to calibrate
Fertility is critical to a good crop, so we know not to ignore our crop fertility needs, but we don’t always think about ways we may be able to trim costs by better utilizing local nutrients. Manure has many benefits, including some related to soil health, but perhaps the most recognized benefit is that manure contains the nutrients our crops need. Manure isn’t always an inexpensive product, but it contains multiple nutrients that are highly valued when planning your fertility program.

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Biological benefits of manure application on agricultural soils

Biological Benefits of Manure Application
Soil quality has been traditionally described in terms of chemical and physical properties; however, soil organisms play an important role in soil health. Some studies suggest that using manure as soil amendment could result in increased microbial biomass, which results in higher soil bacteria, fungi and higher microbial activity. Soil microbial activity is crucial for nutrient cycling, aggregate stability, fertility, and other soil characteristics leading to better crop productivity.

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