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Manure Cycling Interview Data

posted on 2024-06-07, 19:07 authored by Gwendwr R Meredith, Sheri Spiegal, Peter J.A. Kleinman
Exploring the potential for nutrient circularity in the beef production system requires an understanding of current practices. Manure nutrients produced in feedlots are an ample source of fertilizer for phosphorus deficient crop and hay lands. However, it is unclear how far manure nutrients are travelling from feedlots, what crops they’re being applied to, and whether those grains are in turn integrated into the feedlot operations. The purpose of these interviews was to ascertain the above information from feedlot managers. In addition, we sought contextual information (provenance of cattle, cattle weights/ages, manure treatment, regulations/guidelines, processing facility destination, barriers, suggestions for improvements). To answer our question about potential manure nutrient circularity, we focused and report here the elements pertaining to feed/grain provenance, crops manure was applied to, and export distance for manure.


The Sustainable Southwest Beef CAP is supported by the USDA-NIFA (USDA-NIFA-AFRI-Sustainable Agricultural Systems, Grant Number: 2019-69012-29853).

USDA-ARS, 3050-11210-009-00D


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Idaho: Centroid For State Of Idaho Kansas: Centroid For State Of Kansas Nebraska: Centroid For State Of Nebraska Oklahoma: Centroid For State Of Oklahoma Texas: Centroid For State Of Texas Washington: Centroid For State Of Washington, Jornada Basin

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  • environment
  • climatologyMeteorologyAtmosphere
  • geoscientificInformation
  • farming
  • biota

Ag Data Commons Group

  • Jornada Experimental Range

National Agricultural Library Thesaurus terms

agroecosystems; rangelands; sustainable agricultural intensification

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  • 005:18 - Agricultural Research Service

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  • 005:040 - National Research

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  • 216

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  • Public