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Manure Management News

Bioaugmentation of Liquid Manure

By Dr. Jim Ladlie, ProfitProAG President

Experience is a great teacher and ProfitProAG has run the gamut in the liquid manure treatment business. The old adage that one treatment regime fits all situations certainly is not true when it comes to liquid manure treatment. There are many variables such as feed rations (DDGs, bakery goods, high fiber, grain quality) and use of drugs or disinfectants, water content, building ventilation, manure pH, lagoon or pit size, the number of animals and amount of manure being deposited on an annual basis.

Our manure treatment business revolves around biologically treating manure on an annual basis to reduce negative attributes, improve handling ease/cost and enhance fertilizer value.

The process is referred to as bioaugmentation of liquid manure. Bioaugmentation is the introduction and stimulation of a group of natural microbial strains that start the decomposition of manure for nutrient recycling.

The large accumulation of manure in the lagoons and pits in today’s confinement facilities require bioaugmentation to reduce and, in many cases, eliminate the risk of pit explosions, asphyxiation and to provide a healthier environment for livestock and farm workers.

The following table gives the biological manure treatment benefits and advantages.

ProfitProAG’s manure treatment business involves two key components that guarantee success in treating almost any liquid manure scenario. These key components are: Having Effective Manure Bioaugmentation Technologies and Customer Service, which includes ongoing dialogue with the producer to assure satisfaction. Our customer options include Self Treatment, accompanied with a treatment protocol, or utilizing our Manure Treatment Service.


The following are manure treatment testimonials from customers and professional manure applicators.

We encourage you to tune in to our Thursday, November 16 monthly teleconference call at 8:00 p.m. to hear these producers share their experiences with ProfitProAG’s manure treatment approach and technology.


Fall 2017 Manure Treatment Testimonials


Jason Johnson of Johnson Valley Beef, Andover, IA

Submitted by Chris Chodur

Jason Johnson started treating his slatted beef barns in November of 2016 with Manure Master Plus™ and Pit Accelerator™. Previously he had encountered major issues with hydrogen sulfide, which can have a deadly impact on both humans and cattle during pump-out. This fall, during pump-out, Jason was impressed with the very low to zero hydrogen sulfide meter readings. He also noted that by treating the manure pits with ProfitProAG products, the agitation process took half of the time in comparison to the previous year’s pump-outs—a factor that also reduced time and fuel cost. On the manure nutrient analysis side, the available nitrogen values of 23 pounds per 1,000 gallons last year doubled to 52 pounds per 1,000 gallons this year, a huge agronomic payback.


BLS Custom Pumping, Dell Rapids, SD

Submitted by Chris Chodur

Brandon Schneiders owns and operates a manure pumping and application company in South Dakota. Last fall, six of his customers started using Manure Master Plus™ and Pit Accelerator™. His goal was to liquefy the manure, reduce top crust and clean up bottom solids, which would reduce time and fuel cost during pump-out. This fall, at pump-out, he noticed the treated pits were much more liquefied during agitation. The pits stirred well, and there was less foam in full tanker loads. He also noted that the bottom solids from last year’s pits were minimal this year. He recommends ProfitProAG’s pit treatments to all of his clients for 2018.


Mlsna East Town Dairy, Cashton, WI

Submitted by Bryan Parr

Mlsna East Town Dairy began treating their manure on November 21, 2016. This farm consists of 2,250 dairy cows with a flush water system that constantly flows through the barns to collect manure, which is then pumped out to their lagoon. The farm has a two-stage lagoon system that consists of a three million gallon settling basin and a 13 million gallon lagoon. The manure solids settle in the settling basin while the liquid portions gravity-flow to the larger lagoon once the established capacity is met.

The main reason that Mlsna East Town Dairy wanted to treat their manure was to help control odors. The farm was experiencing heavy loads of hydrogen sulfide two to three times per week during the summer period and the owner wanted to reduce the odors and occurrences to help with public appearance as well as employee safety. Since odor was the main concern, treatment began on a weekly basis directly into the flush water system to help reduce odors in the barn and the lagoons.

Within the first four weeks of treating manure at this site, both the owner and his employees, noticed that the odors were markedly less in comparison to a few weeks earlier. Odor reduction continued throughout the rest of the winter and well into the spring. Once temperatures increased towards late spring and early summer, some of the odors returned. Further investigation revealed that odor occurrences happened approximately once per week to once every-other week (compared to two to three times per week the previous year). The odor intensity was also reduced by 33 to 50 percent in comparison to the prior year.

During the summer months, it became apparent that microbial action was working as evidenced by the crust beginning to form on the manure surface in the settling basin. In addition to the crust formation, the constant digestion of the bacteria in the lagoon was obvious from the numerous foaming bubbles present in the manure. By the end of July, a measurable crust was present over the settling basin while the larger lagoon remained completely liquid. By September, the crust had grown to a depth of nearly four feet and resembled heaving icebergs.

In October, at pump-out, an agitation boat was brought in to help break up the crust that had formed as well as to remove any bottom solids that remained in the settling basin. After breaking up the crust on top of the settling basin, the manure in this lagoon remained in a liquid state and was easily pumped out into the tanker trucks. The agitation boat operator noted the lack of any solids coming up from the bottom. He mentioned that in 2016, they used the boat to remove chunks of bottom solids the size of vehicles, whereas, this year nothing came to the surface. I mentioned to the boat operator that the bacteria in the manure treatment products were working as designed since they were supposed to not only take care of the odors as initially desired, but also to remove the solids from the bottom of the lagoon. By removing the solids from the bottom, those same solids tended to accumulate at the surface, which created the nearly four foot thick crust that formed throughout the year.

The pump operator noted that this was one of the least odorous lagoons that they had pumped out of so far during the 2017 season. He also noted that the consistency of this manure was not only better than in previous years, but also better than expected as the area had received record rainfalls during the 2017 cropping season. While he expected the first several loads to mainly be water with the last remaining loads so thick that they wouldn’t be able to pump it into the tanker trucks, this was not the case. The bacteria had done their job and were able to keep the solids off the bottom and the agitators were better able to keep those solids in suspension while pumping into the trucks.

During the several weeks of pump-out, I observed the operations and walked around the entire lagoon system taking note of the amount of solids present and the amount of odor given off during agitation and pump-out. A definite reduction in solids was evident by simply looking at the sidewalls, which showed only signs of remaining sand bedding. Virtually, no odors were detected from either lagoon during these operations or the fields after application.

Overall, the manure treatment on this farm was a great success and the farm owner has continued treating his manure with ProfitProAG’s manure treatment products.




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