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State officials: Check dry fields before spreading manure

 

MADISON (WKOW) -- State officials are warning farmers to check dry fields for cracks before spreading manure to decrease the risk of it draining into lakes, streams and groundwater.

According to the Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection and Natural Resources departments, the manure could also lose its value as a fertilizer if it seeps below crop root zones.

If the farmer cannot avoid spreading manure onto the dry fields, the departments suggest filling in the cracks with tillage and use smaller applications to help absorption.

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