Stories about manure often illustrate two opposing sentiments. Is manure a "waste" that pollutes our water resources and creates undesirable nuisances for communities? Or is manure a "resource" that reduces the demand for importing greenhouse gas intensive inorganic fertilizers and improves the health of our soils?
Both statements contain some truth. However, the balance of the truth lies in the management choices made during the storage and utilization of animal manure.
A team of university educators and agricultural organizations would like to learn more about the issues most important to you as you make decisions for the use of manure in cropping systems.
What characteristics of manure do you value most in manure use in a crop fertility program? What challenges do you encounter that are "deal breakers" preventing manure use on some fields? We would like to understand those barriers and benefits that drive your decisions about manure use.
Please share your valued perspective by completing our 15-minute survey at go.unl.edu/manure. Results will be shared in a future edition of Crops and Soils magazine.
Partners for the survey include representatives of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Iowa State University, the University of Minnesota, the American Agronomy Society certified crop adviser program, Manure Manager magazine, and The Fertilizer Institute. If you have questions, contact Rick Koelsch at 402-472-3935.