Manure Transfers in the Midwest and Factors Affecting Adoption of Manure Testing

Using manure as a substitute for commercial fertilizer could potentially reduce fertilizer costs and also reduce non-point source pollution. Livestock farmers in Missouri and Iowa were surveyed regarding their manure management practices. Eighty-one percent of turkey farmers versus 5% of beef farmers transferred manure to other farmers. Fifty-one percent of farmers who transferred manure indicated it had been tested. Factors decreasing adoption included higher off-farm incomes, solid versus liquid manure, and more animal units per acre. Factors increasing adoption included distance transferred, a contract for the manure, payment, and thinking that manure testing was profitable.


Editor(s):
Marchant, Mary A.
Bosch, Darrell J.
Issue Date:
2012-11
Publication Type:
Journal article
PURL Identifier:
http://purl.umn.edu/137130
Published in:
Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Volume 44, Number 4
Page range:
533-548
Total Pages:
16
JEL Codes:
Q12; Q15; Q16




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