Cattle Manure Program
All of our feedyards produce a substantial amount of cattle manure. This manure is available to farmers for a nominal fee. Use the calculator below to determine the fertilizer dollar value of cattle manure and compare these numbers and costs to your current fertilizer to see what your fields have been missing. Studies conducted by the agricultural departments at the University of Nebraska Lincoln, Kansas State University, and Oklahoma State University show increasing benefits of utilizing animal manure to help improve the physical and chemical properties of soil. Animal manure also provides valuable macro- and micronutrients that may lead to improved crop yields. When well-managed and properly applied, this often under-valued resource provides many benefits.
- Helps reduce overall soil erosion.
- Manure increases crop productivity.
- Provides valuable macro- and micronutrients to soil.
- Can act as a substitute for chemical based fertilizers.
- Supplies organic matter to improve soil’s physical and chemical properties.
- Some manure types have a liming effect and can actually reduce soil acidity.
- Increases water infiltration and enhances the retention of nutrients.
- When used to replace synthetic fertilizers at agronomic phosphorus rates, there is often reduced risk of phosphorus runoff.
**Program benefit information has been made available from the University of Nebraska Lincoln Extension Services and their Manure Management Team, as well as the Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at Oklahoma State University.