Let's Talk Manure A mature dairy cow produces about 80 pounds of manure a day! Manure deposited directly by farm animals in the pasture helps fertilize pasture grasses. It does not need to be cleaned up. But manure that accumulates in the barnyard area or chicken house needs to be managed. Manure can pile up quickly in confined spaces and requires ongoing management. Watch a short Farm & Harvest YouTube video on what happens to manure.
When Do Farmers Spread Manure?Manure is an ideal fertilizer for corn, hay, and organic-certified field crops. Most farmers spread manure in the spring, although spreading may occur in summer and fall. Some farmers use special equipment to incorporate or inject manure into the soil. This helps reduce odors and the potential for nutrient runoff. Watch a short video on the benefits and challenges of manure injection.
Do Farmers Spread Manure in Winter?Maryland does not allow farmers to spread manure on their fields in winter or when the ground is frozen due to the high risk of nutrient runoff into nearby streams.
March 1st is the earliest farmers may recycle manure generated over the winter to fertilize their crops.
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