Best management practices are guidelines for management activities that are generally accepted by agriculture and the regulatory community as standard and preferred farming methods and activities.
The following are manure management BMPs for your farm:
- Have a plan, develop your own or hire a consultant to develop a manure management plan
- Take regular manure samples and send them to a testing lab
- Use your farm’s manure and soil analyses as the guide for all manure application and management decisions
- Make application and management decisions that are agronomically reasonable and environmentally practical
Manure is the original fertilizer and a commodity that continues to increase in value, but there can be challenges to manure storage, transportation and application. By developing a manure management plan and incorporating manure management BMPs, you can enhance manure use efficiency and environmental conservation.