As most of South Dakota seems to be drying out from the previous record setting year of precipitation, feedlot cleanout now seems like a possibility. Feedlot manure is an excellent source of crop nutrients. What was seen as a nuisance in the distant past has become a valuable nutrient and soil health building commodity. Manure is no longer viewed as a waste product. However, understanding the dynamics of prudent manure application is important for capturing the total value of the nutrients it contains as well as protecting the environment which includes water quality.
Using Feedlot Manure as a Crop Nutrient Source
SDSU Extension publishes the Livestock Newsletter to provide South Dakota producers, industry professionals and consumers with timely research-based recommendations.
Soil has always been considered as a living system due to its biological components: fungi, bacteria and plant roots. Under several ongoing research projects, we started researching how we can use ‘cotton strip assay’ to compare different cover crop mixes to optimize field soil activity and build up better soil health.
Earthworms are ‘very special’ creatures on earth, and their contribution in soil nutrient cycling and fertility management has been acknowledged from the beginning of agriculture. So, the question needs to be asked, how can we help improve earthworm populations?