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How Hog Manure Storage Can Affect Nutrient Levels

Hog manure is becoming an increasing source of fertilizer for farmers looking to avoid the rising prices of more commercial sources.  But how it’s stored can impact the amount of nutrients available for application.  Doctor John Lory, University of Missouri nutrient management specialist, explains the difference between the two most common storage options, slurries and lagoons.

As with any field application, Lory stresses the importance of maintaining environmental safeguards to minimize the risk of contaminating neighboring fields and losing nutrients.

Additional resources about applying a hog manure-based fertilizer, as well as lab tests to determine the nutrient level, are available through University of Missouri Extension.

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