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How much can you pay to have manure applied to your land?
Livestock feeders often need more land for manure application to avoid excessive buildup of soil phosphorus. In some cases, they request payment to reduce transport costs. When is manure a good buy for crop production?
Manure supplies the full complement of nutrients needed by crops and often helps to improve soil biological and physical properties such as the rate of water infiltration. Because of these soil improvements, crop yield is often more with manure application than with fertilizers.
One way of estimating the value of manure is to use results from trials and determine the value of the fertilizer replaced and the increase in productivity. Several trials have been conducted with farmers under the Nebraska Soybean & Feed Grains Profitability Project (http://onfarmresearch. unl.edu/).