Manure Application

Truck spreading manure

Manure Programming Coming to a Location Near You

January 17, 2024
Turning manure nutrients into better crop yields while protecting the environment will be the focus of seven Nebraska Extension workshops held across the state this February and March.

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Manure application setbacks chart
This chart demonstrates the setbacks for applying manure in Nebraska. Producers applying manure during the winter should target level ground, well away from ditches or water bodies. (UNL Water image)

Tips for Winter Manure Application

December 15, 2023
Manure application during winter can be a difficult management decision. Consider these points while planning where, when and how to apply manure.

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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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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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Corn yield diagram
This graph demonstrates the increase in crop yield over time at the Knorr-Holden plot, which has been continuously planted with corn since 1912, and treated with beef cattle manure since 1942. (Graph courtesy UNL Water)

Manure Improves Soil Health and Provides Yield Stability and Reliability

March 17, 2023
UNL researchers share their results after 77 years of applying manure to soil at the Knorr-Holden plot, the oldest experimental irrigated corn plot in North America.

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Manure application
The value of manure depends upon several factors that must be assessed, including its type, how and where it's applied, the amount of nutrients needed in the field for the next crop and the cost of fertilizer.

Calculating the Value of Nutrients in Manure

March 16, 2023
Nebraska Extension Animal Manure Management Educator Leslie Johnson walks through the steps of calculating manure value.

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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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Manure types
A visual representation of various manures' nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K) contents compared to volume of organic matter and water.

Not All Manure is Created Equal

October 6, 2022
Animal Manure Management Extension Educator Leslie Johnson reviews the different kinds of manure and how the nutrient contents and characteristics of each product differs.

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