Applying Manure to Growing Crops

Applying Manure to Growing Crops



A WET SPRING… LEAD TO LATE PLANTING. SO HOW DO PRODUCERS FIND TIME TO SAFELY APPLY MANURE? AMBER O'BRIEN IS HERE TO TALK ABOUT OPENING A LARGER WINDOW… BY APPLYING TO A GROWING CROP. GOOD MORNING. LAND APPLICATION OF MANURE IS THE ONLY PRACTICAL MANAGEMENT ALTERNATIVE FOR MOST WISCONSIN FARMERS. WHEN MANURE IS APPLIED TO CROPLAND AND BROKEN DOWN BY SOIL MICROORGANISMS, NUTRIENTS ARE RELEASED AND RECYCLED FOR CROP PRODUCTION. CARE MUST BE TAKEN, HOWEVER, TO ENSURE THAT MANURE IS APPLIED WHERE IT CAN DECOMPOSE AND THE NUTRIENTS BE USED BY PLANTS WITHOUT CONTAMINATING SURFACE WATER OR GROUNDWATER. PROPER MANURE MANAGEMENT AND HANDLING IS COMPLICATED. THIS PUBLICATION DESCRIBES HOW TO MAXIMIZE MANURES BENEFITS TO PLANTS AND SOILS AND TO MINIMIZE THE POSSIBILITY OF SURFACE OR GROUNDWATER POLLUTION FROM MANURE APPLICATIONS. FARMERS ARE NO LONGER BOUND BY SPRING AND FALL APPLICATION TIMES. "THIS MACHINE GIVES US A HUGE WINDOW TO APPLY NUTRIENTS TO A GROWING CROPA CORN CROP, AND ALFALFA CROP, A GRASS HAYFIELDIN THE MIDDLE OF SUMMER, IN THE TIMES WHERE WE CANNOT NORMALLY HAUL MANURE AND HAUL NUTRIENTS," SAID NATHEN NYSSE, AN AGRONOMIST. THE HOSES NOT ONLY SPEED UP THE PROCESS OF LAYING FERTILIZER, BUT PROVIDES MORE TIME TO WORK WITH. "IT GIVES US SIX-TO-EIGHT MORE WEEKS OF TIME THAT WE CAN PLAY WITH FOR NUTRIENT APPLICATIONS," HE SAID. THE AGROMETER HELPS WORK AROUND THE WEATHER REDUCING MANURE RUNOFF. "WE'RE ELIMINATING POLLUTION, WE'RE ELIMINATING LOSS, WE'RE CONTROLLING WHAT WE'RE PUTTING ON AND PLACING IT IN THE RIGHT SPOT AND THE CROPS CAN PICK IT UP AND BE MORE EFFICIENT WITH IT," SAID NYSSE. THIS FARMING REVOLUTION IS EUROPEAN, ORIGINATING IN DENMARK. AND THIS IS THE ONLY ONE IN THE STATES. THIS NEW TECHNOLOGY MAY TAKE SOME TIME TO CATCH ON, AS IT CARRIES A $1-MILLION PRICE TAG. "OBVIOUSLY, THEY HAVE TO MAKE A HUGE INVESTMENT TO MAKE THIS WORK, BUT FARMERS ARE WILLING TO DO IT AND THEY REALLY WANT TO DO THE RIGHT THING BY THE ENVIRONMENT," SAID KINNARD. "THE MORE EFFICIENTLY WE CAN USE IT, THE BETTER." THE UPCOMING FIELD DEMO DAY IS JULY 18TH IN HILBERT. YOU CAN REGISTER ONLINE. WE WILL HAVE A LINK ON THE MIDWEST FARM WEEKLY PAGE… ON WE ARE GREEN BAY DOT COM. STILL TO COME… GROWING HEMP IN DOOR COUNTY. WHAT CHALLENGES AND SUCCESSES THIS SMALL DAIRY FARM IS HAVING WITH A NEW CROP. AND EXPLORING JEFFERSON COUNTY AT THIS YEAR'S FARM TECHNOLOGY

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