What Are the Barriers and Benefits of Manure Use in Cropping Systems? (part 1 of 2)
Animal manures can be a “valuable asset” or a “pain in the assets”. Understanding the agriculture community's perceptions of manure's benefits and barriers is important to recycling manure nutrients efficiently. A survey of 957 individuals from the U.S. and Canada is helping us understand the next steps to encouraging manure's use as a valuable asset. This article focuses on their perceptions of manure’s benefits and a part 2 focuses on their thoughts on the barriers. Understanding farmers’ and advisors’ experiences and knowledge of benefits and barriers is critical to using manure as a valuable asset!