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Will grid soil sampling work for my livestock farm?

Fri, Jan 4th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Randy Pepin, Extension Educator

Agriculture Production Systems, Livestock, Crops, Manure

University of Minnesota Extension

Grid Soil Sampling is rapidly becoming a widely accepted practice for use with precision placement of commercial fertilizers. What about the concept of using this technology for use in distributing manure? University of Minnesota Extension is holding a free workshop on using grid sampling for distributing manure at 1 pm on January 22 at the Good Times restaurant in Caledonia (118 Bissen Street) and at 10 am on January 23 at the Lewiston Community Center (75 Rice Street).

With escalating prices of commercial fertilizer the opportunity of capitalizing on manure for its nutrient value is being recognized. Utilizing this valuable asset with the information grid soil sampling provides us allows us to maximize the economic value of manure. Focusing manure applications in field areas where phosphorus and potassium are needed, and shifting excess manure to other fields, improves the value of manure as a fertilizer replacement, and reduces nutrients in runoff.

Manure presents challenges with varying analysis, nutrient availability, and credits based on livestock species and method of application. Learn how to manage these variables, and with grid soil sampling, enhance the value of manure on your farm. Farmers are welcome, but not required, to bring their own grid soil and manure analysis along to the workshop.

Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the event to register. Refreshments and snacks will be provided. Pre-registration is requested, but not required. To register, or for additional information please contact Jake Overgaard of Winona County Extension via email ( or call 507-457-6440.

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