|The Biggest of the 4 piles. Notice the |
Peak of the barn barely sticking up over the
top of the pile!!
|My sister's dog watches Mark load the |
Manure Spreader! She had a great time
riding in the tractor
We use this renewable organic form of fertilizer on our fields to help replace the nutrients removed during corn harvest. We replace the nutrients taken away in the form of corn various ways (leave stock residue in the field, commercial fertilizer, and manure). We have a company that we consult with on making our crop management decisions. They take soil samples every year and know how much of each nutrient needs to be replaced in order for our farm ground to remain productive and sustainable. If we don't replace what we took out we will see a decrease in production but on the other hand if we put to much back on the fields we are wasting money and can have some negative impacts on the land and ground water. It is a very delicate balance of give and take. We give back what we took and we recycle our nutrients from the hay we produce and feed and the distillers grain we feed (our corn is used to make ethanol and distillers grain) in the form of organic fertilizer. Our place may smell for a few days but we know we are doing the best for our land by applying our homemade fertilizer.
|Heading out the field with another load!!|
|This is what it kind of looks like when|
the "S&%t hits the fan"!!
|We can see the Barn again!!!!|