The Agronomic Value of Treated Livestock Manure
by David Widman, ProfitProAG Consultant
How is the monetary value of bioaugmented livestock manure figured when evaluating the benefits provided to commodity crops? What is the ROI – Return On Investment – from bioaugmented livestock manure? How can other benefits be put into monetary values? These questions are explained below along with guidance on enhancing the value of livestock manure by bioaugmentation.
The following scenario shows the economic benefit of bioaugmentedmanure.
As you can see from the above illustration, bioaugmented livestock manure provides a good Return on Investment. To cover the treatment costs, it only takes two bushels/A increase in yield. Other benefits that need to be given a monetary value are the nutrients and biology in the bioaugmented manure. The average current value of trace minerals sulfur, iron, manganese, copper and zinc from bioaugmented swine manure is $6.00 per 1,000 gallons or $18.00 per acre for a 3,000 gallon application. Along with the average current value for nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, calcium and magnesium for a 3,000 gallon application, there is another $100.00 per acre, which makes the total $118.00 per acre. This is what you would have to spend to get the same nutrients from commercial fertilizer and the cost to produce this is less than $7.25.
The benefit of added biology and organic matter being applied to the soil is a huge benefit that is not available with commercial fertilizer. Biology is the best transfer method as it has started breaking down the manure into more plant available forms and works with the soil biology ecosystem. Salts are reduced, nutrients are in a stable form (a microbe) and are better adapted to staying in the soil where the nutrients are needed.
What is the current value for manure biology? Since there is no readily available market, it’s not easy to put a value on the biology. The best estimate is to look at current biological products. For example, the typical cost of a biological product is approximately $10/A and has a limited number of species of microbes. Bioaugmented livestock manure would have significantly more biology and is applied at a higher rate.
Sustainable agricultural practices work with the natural biological system so the biology does the job it was designed to do. Treating livestock manure with Microbial Manure MasterTM, Manure Master PlusTM and Manure ConditionerTM are economical ways to enhance the agronomic value of livestock manure. For more information and to have a trained representative help with your manure management, call ProfitProAG at 1-888-875-2425.
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