Corn farmers interested in offsetting their use of commercial fertilizers with manure provided by local hog farmers will benefit from a new app created by the Illinois Pork Producers Association.
Calculating the correct manure application rate has always been a complicated practice for farmers, but this new app will help with data collection and analyzation to make the process smoother.
The app calculates a manure application rate, based on the choice of nitrogen or phosphorus limits, and the N, P, and K that will be applied to the field. It also allows the user to enter a trial application rate, to see the effect on the nutrient balance.
“Producers are always looking for ways to improve their current manure management and application practices,” says Jennifer Tirey, executive director of the Illinois Pork Producers Association. “This free manure rate calculator will give producers another tool in the toolbox for carefully developing their manure management plans while utilizing best management practices.”
The mobile app is available for iPhone and Android users. To download the free app visit the app store and search for “Illinois Manure Calculator.”
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