Extension agent says manure instead of fertilizer is not for everyone

Extension agent says manure instead of fertilizer is not for everyone

Extension agent says manure instead of fertilizer is not for everyone

A University of Wisconsin Extension agent says replacing commercial fertilizer with manure might be feasible for some farmers, but not everyone.

Richard Halopka tells Brownfield getting manure from a manure pit to a field has a cost. “So, if you’re moving it a half a mile and it’s costing you a penny, you know you’re going to be getting ten to twelve dollars return. If you’ve got to haul it ten miles, it’s probably a break-even proposition.”

And, Halopka says many farmers will hesitate before using manure if the field primarily needs nitrogen.