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Manure Management

Manure is a resource that can be applied to cropland  to provide organic matter and nutrients. To realize these benefits and protect water quality, it needs to be applied at the right rate, in the right place, and at the right time.

Click on titles below for information on best manure management practices.


Nutrient Management Workbook (OSU)
ManureDB (search manure analysis database by animal type, year, storage type, state or region)
Manure Processing Technology Excel workbook (OSU)
Manure Application: Spreader Calibration (solid manure demonstration, OSU)
Determining Spreader Capacity (solid and liquid manure, MSU)
Spreader Calibration (solid manure with tables, PSU)
Calibrating Liquid Tank Manure Applicators (ISU)


Ohio Livestock Manure Management Guide (OSU Extension)
-  Livestock Manure Properties and Pollution Prevention | Part 1 | Part 2  (Ohio Country Journal)
Manure Processing Technology (MPT) Assessment (OARDC/OSU)
       MPT Excel Workbook
Manure articles (C.O.R.N. Newsletter, OSU Extension)
Blanchard River Demonstration Farms - Best Practices
Nutrient Management 590 Standard (USDA-NRCS, 2020)
-  Livestock Environmental Assurance Platform (OLC)
Animal Manure Management (UN-L)
-  Soil Fertility and Nutrient Management - Online Lectures (OSU)

Ohio Mortality Composting Certification (OSU)
OnMRK: Ohio Nutrient Management Record Keeper (OSU, MWCD, OFBF)
Interpreting Manure Sample Test Results (OSU)
Phosphorus Nutrient Management for Yield and Reduced Loss at Edge of Field (OSU)
Manure Application Time: In-crop vs Fall (Blanchard River Demonstration Farm)
Manure and Compost: Nitrogen Availability (OSU)
Short Term Storage of Animal Waste (stockpiling) 313 Standard (USDA-NRCS, 2020)
Minimum Set Back Distances for Manure Application (Putnam SWCD) 
Managing Tile-Drained Landscapes to Prevent Nutrient Loss (WI)
Beneficial Uses of Manure and Environmental Protection (EPA, Livestock Commodity Groups)
Manure Safety:
Resources for Confined Space Safety (OSU)
Manure Storage Entering Procedures (UI)
Gas Hazards in Agriculture (GPCAH)


ODA: Livestock Environmental Permitting
ODA: Soil & Water Conservation
OSU: CFAES Water Quality Initiative
USDA: Natural Resources Conservation Service
Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Community
AgSTAR: Biogas Recovery in the Agricultural Sector