- 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.
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