The rising cost to purchase and replace crop nutrients for the soil makes manure an attractive alternative, however NOT always readily available nearby for everyone.
Manure management practices are changing with improvements in handling for reduced tillage applications. Rotational fields to balance manure dispersal over a wider landbase, liquid manure injection into standing stubble, and composting to minimize spreading costs all reduce the need for tillage incorporation.
Many direct seeders are able to use livestock manure as a value-added resource in their cropping system.
Two new MANURE DIRECTORIES have recently been posted in the General Store on Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development website.
1. Manure and Compost Directory
Designed to foster and promote the trade of manure and compost between operations that produce manure and operations or industries wanting manure. This directory has been added to RTWs' "General Store" and has been modelled after the "Hay for Sale" website. It provides producers a venue where they can sell or exchange manure that is produced by their operation.
2. Manure and Compost Handlers Directory
Designed for manure and compost handlers to advertise their services. A category for this has been added to the 'Custom Services Directory'. The directory provides producers with contact information for a variety of services; such as crop seeding, tillage, fertilizer and chemical application, grain harvesting, silage harvesting, haying, fencings, livestock hauling etc. The 'Custom Services Directory' had a category for corral cleaners but nothing dedicated to manure and compost applicators or custom composters.
Click Here to access the Manure & Compost Directory