Storage & Treatment Options

Agricultural Production Animal Manure Management

Storage & Treatment Options

Manure storage structures are key to managing manure from animal feeding operations. The quality, composition, and consistency of manure greatly influence livestock manure facility design. Handling characteristics often dictate the type of facility. The University of Nebraska has developed resources for Vegetative Treatment Systems and Anaerobic Digesters.

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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Backyard Biogas Production from Animal Manure: Process and Utilization

Fixed-Dome Type biogas plant (Vigeli et al, 2014)
This article outlines the process of production and benefits of utilization of biogas from manure for small scale animal farmers, especially those in developing countries. Apart from the sanitary benefit of proper management of manure, this article highlights other benefits that can be derived from animal manure. Thus, encouraging these farmers to store manure from their animal farms for use, thereby changing waste to valuable resources.

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Manure Application Options for Beef and Dairy Systems

Typical manure spreader broadcasting manure solid to soil as fertilizer amendment.
When it comes to animal manure from feedlots being applied to the land in Nebraska, developing management practices that efficiently uses the nutrients from manure while being environmentally sustainable can be a complicated process. This article introduces some land application approaches for beef and dairy feedlot systems.

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Palmer amaranth Seeds in Manure – What Can You Do?

Palmer amaranth Seeds in Manure – What Can You Do?
There are several ways seeds of Palmer amaranth can be introduced into your fields. Manure is one of them. This article provides some valuable answers on 1) reducing Palmer amaranth seed in feed, 2) reducing Palmer amaranth seed in manure; and 3) field application of contaminated manure.

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Tolkien Teaches Ag: Lessons from Organic Fertilizer Production

steaming compost rows

On a brisk April day, I was traveling with a group of adventurers through the wilds of the Minnesota country side. We came upon a steep embankment and climbed it so that we might see what lay beyond. When I reached the top, and the crowd around me had parted, I thought for a moment I might suddenly have traded places with Samwise Gamgee, hobbit, because I was gazing out onto a field of what reminded me very much of the steaming slag pits of Mordor.  However, rather than an apocalyptic hell-scape I was instead looking at a premier example of sustainable agriculture.

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