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We all know that manure is full of valuable nutrients that are essential for crop growth. Manure can also help improve soil quality and structure.
We also know that over applying nutrients can lead to groundwater contamination and the spread of pathogens and parasites that can affect both human and animal health.
So how can we use nutrients in a way that will optimize crop growth, while at the same time minimize potential risks to the environment?! One of the best ways to do this is through strategic nutrient application – putting the right amount of nutrients on the crops that need them most, and not spreading manure nutrients where they won’t be utilized.
Moving nutrients to various fields is an imperative part of nutrient management plans. But when it comes to hauling manure, road weight restrictions, traffic, and soil compaction are just a few of the challenges that you have to consider.
While manure haulers go out of their way to ensure the safe transport of valuable fertilizers away from local farms, there is no denying that more and more trucks on local roads increases the risk of danger.
McCormick Farms, located in Bliss, NY, is currently recycling approximately 70% of their liquid manure into water so clean you can drink it!
7,500 to 9,000 gallons of reclaimed water a day is being used for parlor clean-up and flushing, which eliminates at least a truck and a half off the roads every day.
Over the course of a year, this adds up to 500 truckloads of lagoon water that doesn’t have to be hauled and spread on fields. 500 less trucks on local roads means reduced greenhouse gas emissions, less environmental risk, better agronomic practices, less compaction, less traffics on local roads, and better for the neighborhood – that’s amazing!