I spread my manure when it is frozen or solid on the fields and the crops are out of them. In the summer or spring when the crops are out, I spread it on idle pastures not in use. As far as rotation on crop fields, I pile it onto hay fields that are going to be turned into row crops to build up organic matter. Then I apply it where I took off silage. Then I go by where my soil tests say I need it the most.
(liqued hog manure) We do as much as we can in the fall so it has all winter to freeze and thaw and get rid of the compaction. We only do what we have to in the spring because of compaction. In Iowa you can not spread hog manure on frozen ground with out permission from the DNR. And the only way you can get permission is you only pump what you need to have storage to the spring.
the best time is in the spring right before planting. This is because many of the nutrients in the manure can leach through the soil causing the loss of these nutrients. we own a dairy farm and run about 600 acres of ground by hauling as much manure in the spring as possible we dont use any fertilizer on our soybeans and only urea on our corn ground, we are spreading 8-10000 gallons of manure/acre, we are consistantly out yielding most of neighbors with our crops. we also try to top dress all of our hay atleast twice during the summer right after it is cut with 4-5000 gallons. We are farming in east central ohio
POSTED: 10:29 am CST January 1, 2010
UPDATED: 10:44 am CST January 1, 2010
ZWINGLE, Iowa -- Nothing says "Happy Birthday" like 123,000 pounds of manure.
Dick Kleis, a farmer in the eastern Iowa community of Zwingle, used a manure spreader to write "HAP B DAY LUV U" to mark his wife Carole's birthday this week.
He said it took around three hours and four loads of liquid manure to create the message -- that amounts to about 123,840 pounds of manure.
His wife said he's done strange things in the past to mark her birthday, "but maybe not this weird."
Kleis said he'd intended to include a heart but ran out of manure.