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Manure and its Value

October 30, 2013

Weekly ag column by Mike Boersma County Extension Educator with the U of M Extension Service in Murray and Pipestone Counties
Livestock manure is a great source of plant nutrients and definitely has value as a fertilizer. But, determining a fair price to pay (or charge) for livestock manure can be a complex task because of the number of variables involved. That being said, here are a few factors to consider when determining the value of manure.

Nutrients Supplied by Manure. The level of each nutrient supplied by manure can be accurately assessed with a manure test. The results of a current manure test are a vital first step in predicting the value of manure since nutrient content can vary greatly from one farm to the next.

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