Archive | Manure Management

Wisconsin's landscape is a mix of livestock and grain farms. Nutrient management is important to both types of farm and trading feed for manure may benefit both.

Superimposed Manure Additions on WICST Plots at Lakeland Ag Complex

Manure additions were superimposed onto the existing WICST plots at LAC to measure environmental and production impact on the following corn phase. Authors: Jim Stute, Joshua Posner More »

The Grass Ley: An Alternative Forage System for Improved Manure Management

Wisconsin dairy farmers have limited opportunities to spread manure, due to seasonal weather conditions and existing cropping systems. Spring manure spreading is not ideal, since moist soil is more prone to compaction, and may delay corn planting and/or germination due to colder, wetter conditions. The typical crops grown by a dairy farmer (alfalfa and [...] More »

Manure management on a township scale: Using a land evaluation approach in Wisconsin

Abstract In Wisconsin, increased attention to manure management means many farmers will need to look beyond their farm gate in order to correctly manage livestock manure. By integrating easily accessible information at the county level, and with local insight, a series of maps were developed to help land use planners and farmers envision manure management on [...] More »

Linking Farms: Reconnecting Dairy and Cash-Grain Farms through Shared Manure Management I. Production Results and Nutrient Budgets from 2003 and 2004

Current trends in the Wisconsin dairy sector show that average herd size is increasing, with a growing proportion of the milk stream produced on farms of 500 animal units (AU) or more (one animal unit = 1000 lbs animal live weight, WASS, 2004). In addition, these larger farms have higher stocking rates (PATS, 1997), [...] More »

Linking Farms: Reconnecting Dairy and Cash-Grain Farms through Shared Manure Management: II. Assessing Weed Pressure from Manure Applications on Corn Grain Fields

Due to higher stocking rates, suburban land development, and stricter nutrient management regulations, Wisconsin dairy farmers are looking beyond their own land for areas to spread manure. One possible alternative is to transport and apply manure to nearby, willing cash-grain farmers’ land. However, grain farmers have concerns that adding manure to their fields may increase [...] More »