Five points to consider before spreading manure in winter
January 5, 2018 by Christina Curell Michigan State University Extension
January 5, 2018, East Lansing, MI – Manure spreading in the winter is a practice that many Michigan farmers have to make. Farms that have a comprehensive nutrient management plan (CNMP) or a nutrient management plan (NMP) have already considered and decided where their winter nutrients are going to be utilized. Those farms that do not have a written plan need to carefully consider where they are going to spread. Here are some points that farms need to consider before they spread manure this winter.
- Have up-to-date sample information for both the manure being used and the soil.
- Correlate the amount of manure that is being spread on the field with the field’s soil sample.
- Choose fields that have low run-off potential.
- Map the fields maintaining buffers around surface waters and other sensitive areas. Do not forget drainage tile lines.
- Understand available tools that will help determine if it is appropriate to spread on a given day, check out this article [http://msue.anr.msu.edu/news/when_is_the_best_time_to_spread_manure_to_optimize_crop_production_and_mini] by Shelby Burlew for more information on a tool that is available for Michigan farmers.
To learn more about spreading manure in the winter in Michigan, download Manure Management – Spreading on Frozen and Snow Covered Ground (WO1038).
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