Leslie Johnson - Animal Manure Management Extension Educator

Leslie Johnson

57905 866 Rd Concord NE 68728-2828
Work 402-584-3818 On campus, dial 7-3818
I am the Animal Manure Management Extension Educator at the University of Nebraska. My role includes facilitating article development for manure.unl.edu and manure-related articles in other publications. I manage the online manure course and annual manure trainings across the state of Nebraska, as well as other manure programming in the state. I also serve as the webinar coordinator for the Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Community (https://lpelc.org) and am actively involved in the leadership team of the Soil Health Nexus (https://soilhealthnexus.org).


  • BS, University of Nebraska, 2006
  • MS, University of Nebraska, 2015

icon-bookmark-starAwards & Honors

  • Communication Award, National Association of County Agricultural Agents, 2021
  • Communication Award Finalist, National Association of County Agricultural Agents, 2021

Saturated crop field with standing water and tire tracks
The worst compaction happens on the first pass across the field, so controlling traffic will help minimize compaction as a whole.

Strategies to Minimize Compaction During Wet Spring Conditions

May 15, 2024
Insights on how wet field conditions affect compaction and ways to mitigate compaction when field work can't be delayed.

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Truck spreader applying manure to field
Because fertility needs differ among crops, a good starting point is figuring out what nutrients are needed, and then choosing a manure application rate to meet those needs.

Choosing a Manure Application Rate

April 23, 2024
Nebraska Extension shares recommendations on determining a manure application rate that will meet agronomic crop needs while accounting for excess soil nutrients or building soil fertility.

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Nutrient management calendar banner
Nebraska Extension's nutrient management calendar includes all records required for operations permitted for the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) and has been approved by the Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy (NDEE).

Nebraska Extension Releases 2024 Nutrient Record-keeping Calendar

December 13, 2023
The nutrient management calendars can help producers keep records of manure handling and the weather that affects its application on the land, as well as yield and fertility records for those fields.

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Corn in droughty field
This year's program will assist producers with making decisions for the 2024 growing season, as well as renewing their private pesticide applicator licenses.

Confronting Cropping Challenges Program to be Offered in November 2023

November 16, 2023
In its seventh year, Nebraska Extension's Confronting Cropping Challenges program will help producers in northeastern Nebraska with current and emerging cropping issues.

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Manure application in field
For producers interested in attending both extension workshops on Nov. 30, Saving by Using Manure on Crops will be immediately followed by Confronting Cropping Challenges at the Nielsen Center in West Point.

‘$aving by Using Manure on Crops’ Workshop Scheduled for Nov. 30

November 15, 2023
During this interactive workshop, participants will learn the basics of how to sample manure and soil, including how to determine available nutrients in manure and calculate manure needs for next year's crop.

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Diagram of producers trading hay and manure
Trading crop residue bales for manure may seem like it should be a simple decision, but there are many factors that weigh into that decision, both financial and logistical in nature.

Trading Manure and Crop Residues, Considerations for a Fair Trade

September 14, 2023
Insights on how to initiate a fair trade of crop residue and manure between producers with respect to costs and logistics of the transaction for both parties.

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Tractor applying manure
By calibrating your spreader, you know precisely how much manure has been applied and can adjust your application rate as needed for optimum efficiency.

Manure Spreader Calibration is Not Just for Research Plots

August 24, 2023
Routine calibration of manure spreaders is an important step of a successful growing season and helps keep costs at a minimum. 

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Land Application locations

2023 Manure Training Locations and Dates

January 12, 2023
All are welcome to attend the training sessions, which will help producers learn how to best use manure on their operations, as well as provide an update on land application regulations. 

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