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Cleaning Corrals

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 It's that time of year when ranchers are cleaning corrals and getting ready for this fall.

Paulo Flores is the Nutrient Management Specialist at the NDSU Carrington Research Center.
Flores says while using cattle manure as fertilizer in the field can greatly reduce commercial fertilizer costs, it has to be applied appropriately.
He recommends spreading manure on the same field only once every four years.

(Paulo Flores / Nutrient Management Specialist) "You don't want build up a lot of phosphorus in the soil because you lose soil during soil erosion and run off. Some of the phosphorus is going to reach out for the water, rivers or lakes and that is going to a big problem. You can see the algae grow in the rivers and other contamination in the water."

Flores says researchers are currently working to develop a calculator so producers can calculate how much money they are saving by using cattle manure versus commercial fertilizers.

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