Manure and Cover Crops

Animal Manure Management March 10, 2017 Print Friendly and PDF

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In the Manure and Cover Crops roundtable, our goal was to discover whether manure and cover crops have complementary benefits related to soil quality. We debated if certain fields will produce more complementary benefits than others and whether timing of application and sampling affects these benefits. Finally, we’ll discussed 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 discussed. This dialogue was the final of a four part series discussing the current state of our knowledge relative to manure’s impact on soil health.

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Tim Harrigan, Michigan State University

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Barry Fisher, NRCS Regional Soil Health Coordinator

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Heidi Johnson, University of Wisconsin

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Sarah Carlson, Practical Farmers of Iowa

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Discussion

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