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Tips for manure hauling during wet conditions

Tuesday, October 15, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jamie Mara, director of strategic communications
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We know it’s been challenging and stressful to harvest crops and apply manure to fields during this extraordinarily wet fall.

We want to share some information we assembled with input from county conservationists and the state Department of Natural Resources that might be helpful.

  1. Communication is key. If you are unsure about what to do with a manure application, for example, contact your county conservation department. Be proactive and discuss options ahead of time.
  2. Evaluate fields and monitor the weather forecast prior to spreading. Use the DATCP Wisconsin Runoff Risk Advisory Forecast tool.
    • Wet soils need to be checked. It is possible to apply to high spots in a wet field.
    • Take a screenshot of the Runoff Risk Advisory Forecast if you want extra documentation.
    • Take photos before and after applying if applying around a wet spot to document conditions.
  3. Ensure you have accurate soil maps. County conservation staff can help you determine how to verify soil depths.
  4. Work with your agronomist to document any changes to your nutrient management plan and explain reasons for changes in the narrative portion of the plan.
  5. Anticipate issues with manure pits that could be nearing capacity. If you’re unsure of options, contact the county staff.
  6. In the event of a spill, immediately take action to stop it and then contact the DNR 24-hour Spill Emergency Hotline at 1-800-943-0003. Learn more about what to do in the event of a spill here.
  7. It is important to keep the roads as clean as possible. Keeping a skid-steer near the field is an option.
  8. Although it will be a late fall, don’t rule out the option of planting cover crops, particularly rye. Even if the plant does not grow prior to winter, it is likely to survive and could be harvested in spring for forage as well as take up plenty of nutrients, so manure could be applied after harvest in spring.
  9. Keep your neighbors and town officials in the loop. Let them know you are facing extraordinary challenges and ask for their patience when it comes to extra tuck traffic and muddy roads. Social media is a good place to convey the message. Personal phone calls to certain neighbors can be important too.

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