New Manure Handling Technology Turns ‘Liability’ Into a No-Till Asset

A new approach to manure management could help no-tillers ease application obstacles and reduce compaction and nutrient runoff.

Pictured Above: LIVING CARBON. Jason Fuller of Carbon Cycle Consulting shows farmers how to turn manure into a stable, carbon-rich soil amendment called “Living Carbon,” which includes calcites, humates, bio-char and other nutrients. He also processes it into a pellet so commercial applictors can handle it more easily.

Data show there is not a lot of crossover between the top milk-producing states in the U.S. (in dollars) and the top states for no-tilled acres — that’s because many dairy farmers have had long frustrations managing manure and no-tilling. 

Many growers have to haul manure daily, even if fields are too wet to do so, causing fields to become compacted and rutted. 

“When they spread solid manure, the pattern is clumped and bunched. This is why they don’t think they can no-till and they’re right,” says Jake Kaderly, an independent agronomist and no-tiller based in Monticello, Wis. “When a farmer is no-tilling into packed soil with uneven spreading, the crop will…

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Julia Gerlach

Julia Gerlach is the former Executive Editor of No-Till Farmer. She has a lengthy background in publishing and a longtime interest in gardening and mycology. She graduated with a B.A. in music and philosophy from Alverno College in Milwaukee, Wis.

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