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Manure Impact on Soil Aggregation

By Rick Koelsch, University of Nebraska - Lincoln. Funding support is from North Central Regional Water Network (http://northcentralwater.org)

If manure increases formation of larger (macro) and more stable soil aggregates, several benefits may result for fields fertilized by manure compared to commercial fertilizer including: reduced runoff and soil erosion; increased water infiltration into the soil possibly leading to greater drought tolerance; and partial offsetting of higher soil P levels resulting from manure application and limiting P loss to local surface water. Continue reading.

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