Manure and Soil Health Testing

Animal Manure Management March 09, 2017 Print Friendly and PDF

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In the Manure and Soil Health Testing roundtable, our goal was to discover what current soil health tests help to quantify manure impacts on soil characteristics, thus determining which soil test is the best indicator and best value. We debated which types of fields might benefit most from manure used to improve soil health and procedures for collecting samples for soil health tests that would best recognize results from use of manure. Field experiences and observations related to the value of manure as well as what farmers still need related to soil building with manure were discussed. This dialogue was the first of a four part series discussing the current state of our knowledge relative to manure’s impact on soil health.

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Bianca Moebius-Clune, NRCS Soil Health Division

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Russ Dresbach and Donna Brandt, Missouri Soil Health Assessment Center

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Geoff Ruth, Nebraska Crop Farmer

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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.