By Amanda Meddles, Ohio State University Extension program coordinator in environmental management
Livestock producers across Ohio and the Midwest have been unable to apply manure this fall and early winter due to saturated field conditions. Most livestock farmers are really pressed for manure storage room. Waiting for frozen ground to apply manure is likely to be their only available option.
Impacts to water quality
Decisions about spreading manure on frozen and snow-covered ground are critical to minimize water quality impacts. Now is not the time to shirk on proper application methods. Constant changes in weather are typical of winters in Ohio, which increases the potential for manure to move with surface run-off. Run-off can lead to polluting water resources including streams, waterways and wells. Not only does this impact water quality, but the nutrients are lost and not available for the next year’s crop.
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Practice Standard 633, Waste Utilization outlines the Best Management Practices to reduce the potential of manure moving off-site.… Continue reading