Determining How and When to Apply Manure
Most manure applications are made in spring before planting, or fall after harvest. Wastewater applications can be made during the cropping season through an irrigation system. Winter applications of manure should not be made unless measures are taken to ensure no field runoff occurs. Click here for more information regarding winter application .
After completing this section you should:
- Determine the most efficient method of manure application.
- Determine the appropriate times for manure application on individual fields.
Information you will need:
- Soil and manure test results. See Step 4 for more information .
- General information about your operation and field features, including your field's distance from water, your irrigation type, irrigation efficiency, and incorporation of manure.
- Chose a preferred application method based on your manure storage system and moisture content of manure produced (see manure application methods table ).
Documentation filed in this section:
1. Create a statement or description of current and ideal manure application practices .
2. Assess your operation and manure application practices for their risk to surface and groundwater contamination using the Utah Manure Application Risk Index Worksheet .
Utah Manure Application Risk Index Worksheet
Full Text of Step 6 from USU/NRCS CNMP Curriculum:
- Step 6 (Word document)
- Step 6 (PDF)
- Full text from Comprehensive Nutrient Management Planning: A 12 Step Guide