While permitted livestock farms in the state are required to monitor the soil profile before applying manure, Kevin Elder, Chief of Livestock Environmental Permitting at the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) says it’s a Best Management Practice that ALL livestock farmers should follow, especially now, with these extremely dry and cracks soils.
“If they find those cracks they need to do something to disturb that area with some type of tillage tool to just minimally disturb those so the soil can absorb the liquid,” Elder said.
Applying liquid manure without disturbing the soil profile is one of the leading causes of manure reaching groundwater or drainage tiles, causing a pollution event.
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