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Wheat harvest provides opportunity to improve soil health

Spring and fall manure applications generally occur when there are time or weather restrictions. After cereal harvest, soil conditions are generally less prone to compaction and the time restrictions of spring.

U.S. research group receives $10M to explore AD options

The new federal grant will allow a research team led by Iowa State University, Penn State and Roeslein Alternative Energy to develop new methods of turning biomass and manure into fuel.

Sow mortalities and feed costs continue to rise

Based on anonymized data from the MetaFarms Production Index, sow mortality percentage has nearly doubled in the past seven years, and feed costs are the highest they’ve been since 2013.
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Digging into vermiculture

Composting manure is one way to reduce its volume while concentrating nutrients. Vermicomposting takes the process one step further, as it is immediately stable and ready to use, and the value is much higher than regular compost. Rhonda Sherman, vermiculture authority at the North Carolina State University extension, breaks down vermiculture and its benefits. » Read more...
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Survey says...

A recent survey of 957 American and Canadian farmers who’ve used manure examined perceptions of the barriers and benefits to manure use. While the benefits to soil health, both physical and biological, are well-known, manure’s benefits to water quality are relatively unknown. Barriers to manure use must be understood before they can be properly addressed. » Read more...