By: Whitney Monin
Winter manure applications are key to the success of many operations in the Corn Belt. Manure is rich in nutrients necessary for plant development, specifically nitrogen and phosphorous. Often, due to spring or fall time constraints or product volume, manure applications must be made in the winter. Even in the case of frozen or snow-covered ground, it is important to remain vigilant in application methods. Considerations that should be made prior to making a winter manure application to your field include:
7 tips for applying manure on frozen ground. 2011. Ohio State University Extension. Corn and Soybean Digest. http://www.cornandsoybeandigest.com/fertilizer/7-tips-applying-manure-frozen-ground.
Hernandez, J.A. 2016. Manure application considerations for this fall. FarmersEdge™. https://www.farmersedge.ca/manure-application-considerations-fall/.
Madison, F., Kelling, K., Massie, L., and Good, L.W. Guidelines for Applying Manure to Cropland and Pasture in Wisconsin. A3392. University of Wisconsin.http://corn.agronomy.wisc.edu/Management/pdfs/A3392.pdf.
Web sources verified 12/21/17.