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.