Spreading manure is a dirty business that’s about to get better for farmers, according to SFP, the fertilizer additive company.
The company has introduced More Than Manure (MTM) nutrient manager, which reduces nitrogen loss from volatilization and nitrification as well as phosphorus lockup in manure.
MTM maximizes phosphorus and nitrogen in all manures and litters, both dry and liquid products. Increasing the availability of these valuable nutrients can lead to yield increases and better overall crop performance, says Larry Sanders, SFP president.
Company field trials with corn show crop yield increases of between 9 bu. and 25 bu. per acre where MTM was applied.
"MTM overcomes nutrient management challenges for growers using any manure as fertilizer, optimizing phosphorus and nitrogen use," Sanders says.
Of the 15.8 million U.S. crop acres fertilized with manure, Sanders says, considerable nitrogen and phosphorus are lost during handling and storage as well as after application, leaving both unavailable for crops.
MTM can also reduce ammonia levels in livestock-confinement operations and help reduce solids when added to an in-ground lagoon or pit.
"The ammonia level [reductions] were immediate; you could walk in a barn and really couldn’t tell you were in a hog barn anymore. Your eyes weren’t burning and the odor was more or less gone instantly as soon as you dumped it in," says Sam McKnight, an Afton, Iowa, hog producer.
The application rate for MTM is 18 oz. per acre, with the cost ranging between $15 and $17 an acre. Additional information is available at www.morethanmanure.com.