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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Winter Manure Spreading

Some time ago I promised to take a lap around the county from time to time.   That was my mission today.  Who would have guessed I would have seen so many interesting things in the middle of winter. 

One of the interesting things was this field being spread with liquid hog manure.  This is a practice that is discouraged but not illegal in Illinois.  The only real requirement is that the field be less than 5% slopes.  This one easily meets the requirement.  Other things that can minimize the risk of spreading on snow or frozen ground are:  Apply where there are residue or cover crops, Leave some borders not applied, Watch your setbacks on water courses and waterways closely, Keep mud off the roads.  A commercial hauler was doing this work. 

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