Proper storage of manure is important to prevent runoff contamination of water and odor problems. The following practices should be utilized:
Additional considerations when selecting a suitable storage site
If you are located in Coffey, Woodson, Allen, Bourbon, Wilson, Neosho, Crawford Montgomery, Labette, or Cherokee counties, there are possible cost-share programs to help construct improved temporary poultry litter storage sites.
Help is available for site design and location selection to attain the least possible environmental runoff hazard for the area. Visit with your local county Extension office, WRAPS group, or the Kansas Department of Agriculture-Division of Conservation for more details.
Figure 1. Poultry litter stockpiled away from surface water to prevent runoff contamination, being loaded into manure spreader. Photo by Doug Shoup, K-State Research and Extension.
Peter Tomlinson, Environmental Quality Specialist
Doug Shoup, Southeast Area Extension Crops and Soils Specialist
Dorivar Ruiz-Diaz, Nutrient Management Specialist