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MANURE

See what farms are using for nutrient management, from anaerobic digesters and storage to field application and emissions.

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Balancing manure and fertilizer applications, crop production and environmental conservation is an ongoing challenge.

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Not many years ago, there were only two people allowed to enter a newly planted Midwest cornfield: One was the person applying the side-dress nitrogen, and the other was the person applying the weed control.

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The components of manure reflect the components of the cow’s internal and external environment, including a variety of potential disease-causing microorganisms.

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Technology continues to push the dairy industry forward with bigger, better, more automated equipment – yet some old reliables are making a comeback. Manure gutter cleaners have existed for more than 60 years.

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“What is my manure worth?” This is a common question I get once a producer understands what I do and my role with Nutrient Advisors. As any good consultant would answer, I say, “It depends.”

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Farmers have been adopting no-till cropping methods to reduce sediment loss. However, tillage has been touted as a way to incorporate manure into soils to minimize nutrient loss.

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