Animal Science, Department of


Date of this Version

January 2003


Published in 2003 Nebraska Beef Cattle Report. Copyright © 2002 The Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska.


Manure or compost application can increase carbon (C) sequestration in the soil since these organic sources contain significant amounts of C, which is a major constituent of soil organic matter. An experiment was conducted from 1992 to 1996 to evaluate the effects of annual or biennial N- and P-based manure or composted manure application on soil C sequestration. Fertilized and unfertilized checks were also included. About 25% of applied manure C and 36% of applied compost C remained in the surface (0-6 inch) soil after four years of application, indicating greater C sequestration with composted than noncomposted manure. Soil C in the 6 to 12 inch soil was unaffected by the applied manure, compost, and fertilizer.