Economics of Hauling Dairy Slurry and its Value in Wisconsin Corn (Zea Mays L.) Grain Systems

Abstract: To evaluate the potential of using dairy slurry for corn (Zea mays L.) production in Wisconsin grain systems, custom manure hauler bids were combined with corn production expenses to develop enterprise budgets in which slurry provided corn nutrient needs. A scenario was developed in which a recipient grain farmer shares manure hauling costs with the dairy farmer supplying the slurry. Results showed that by sharing manure hauling expenses, profitable hauling distances more than doubled (from 3.2 to 7.6 km). These results suggest that grain and dairy farmers could enter into beneficial manure contracts having both economic and nutrient conservation advantages.

G. Sanford, J. Posner, and G. Hadley

Published by Journal of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences (2009) Vol.1 Issue 3