Happy Thanksgiving! What are you thankful for? At Artex we are thankful for farmers, family, friends, coworkers, ranchers and MANURE! Tis the season to talk turkey…let’s talk turkey manure. Here are ten facts about turkey manure.
- Turkey manure is a valuable natural fertilizer containing turkey droppings, bedding, nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium.
- Animals should not be grazed on lands on which poultry litter has been spread.
- Farmers should avoid spreading near waterways and comply with the recommended level of animal manure for land spreading.
- Artex manure spreaders are tough on turkey manure and can easily spread it around your fields.
- Farmer from Sleepy Eye, MN successfully uses an Artex SB600 to spread his turkey manure.
- A three-year interval between land spreading of litter is recommended.
- Farmers should avoid unnecessary contact with turkey manure. There are disease risks for animals and humans who come in contact with it.
- Farmers should not make baled silage from lands where litter was spread.
- Farmers should follow good farming practices when spreading turkey manure.
- It smells! Most manure does!
Now that you know the facts about turkey manure, here are some benefits of using it to fertilize your fields.
Benefits of Turkey Manure
- It’s natural.
- It’s cost effective.
- It is a valuable soil amendment, adding organic matter to the soil, which helps hold water and nutrients.
- It turns a waste product into a valuable resource.
- It reduces the use of chemical fertilizers.
- It is a sustainable practice.
Of course there is much more to turkey manure and its application than we listed above. Here are three additional resources if you’re seeking more information.
Turkey Manure Resources & References
- Univ. of Minnesota Extension: Soil Sampling for Manure Application Case Study
- Guidelines for Using Poultry Litter on Pastures
- Best Practices for Storing and Applying Poultry Litter
- Iowa Turkey Federation
- Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
- Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
We hope that all this talk about manure didn’t spoil your appetite for the yummy turkey dinner ahead! Happy Thanksgiving from the crew at Artex!