Why spread manure?
Spreading manure on your fields can help you in many ways, firstly it can increase your crop yields by putting the appropriate amount of nutrients into the soil that allows the crop to grow better. Since nitrogen is one of the most common limiting nutrients in producing crops, its important to make sure you are putting nitrogen back into the soil. Manure for example is high in nitrogen and other nutrients like phosphorus and potassium which is a source of protein for microorganisms in the soil (UMassAmherst).
Spreading manure can reduce fertilizer costs as well. It can also be great if you are an organic farmer. And if you are worried about runoff and EPA regulations, make sure to choose a manure spreader that spreads consistently where you want it to and doesn’t leave large clumps in areas you didn’t intend. For more info check out https://www.epa.gov/agriculture/agriculture-nutrient-management-and-fertilizer#Manure
When to spread manure?
This picture below from University of Wisconsin-Extension describes the best times to spread manure to various fields.
Who else spreads manure?
Check out the video below to see how one customer in Arkansas won his divisions corn yield contest with help from a Tubeline manure spreader.