Land application might need to wait a few days
April 6, 2010

It's common practice in the Midwest for farmers to apply animal manure to their fields to enhance the growth of crops. Manure from hogs and cattle especially tends to be high in valuable nutrients like nitrogen. However, the Iowa DNR is suggesting that farmers wait for fields to dry out after spring snowmelt and new precipitation (like what's fallen in the last 24 hours) before applying the manure, since saturated soil can't hold the nutrients. Instead, manure applied to wet soils can end up running off directly into streams. That, in the words of the DNR, "can mean the difference between dollars in the bank and pollutants in the stream". Non-point-source pollution is one of the most significant issues in water quality throughout the Midwest today.

We can help you with products for a variety of uses on the farm, including portable diaphragm pumps and manure pumps. Please feel free to contact us with your questions.

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