Manure and Soil Biology

Animal Manure Management May 02, 2017 Print Friendly and PDF

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In the Manure and Soil Biology roundtable, our goal was to discover the influence of manure, both positive and negative, on soil biology. We discussed if certain fields will produce more soil biology benefits than others and whether timing of application affects these benefits. Finally, we debated whether we can derive an economic value for manure beyond its nutrient value. Field experiences and observations related to the value of manure as well as what farmers still need related to soil building with manure were reviewed. This dialogue was the second in a four part series discussing the current state of our knowledge relative to manure’s impact on soil health.

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Rhae Drijber, University of Nebraska - Lincoln

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Michelle Soupir, Iowa State University

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Jonathan Lundgren, Blue Dasher Farms

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