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ID study will examine manure’s impact on crops


November 5, 2012 – The Idaho Barley Commission has made a sizable funding commitment toward an eight-year study that should provide the first long-term analysis of how manure affects crops commonly used in southern Idaho rotations.

IBC will award University of Idaho Extension soils specialist Amber Moore $16,000 for each year of the project, which should cost about $90,000 per year to complete. Her study will address lingering questions among growers about long-term manure use including: optimal manure application rates, the need to supplement with fertilizer, the effects on crop diseases, weeds and insect pressure, improvements in soil organic matter, the potential accumulation of excess levels of copper sulfate and salt and nitrate leaching. READ MORE