Break-even hauling distance : tractor-pulled manure spreaders
Before disposing of manure on agricultural fields, livestock producers should consider making use of the nutrients in manure to meet fertilizer needs. Using manure as a fertilizer for crop production can offset some of the costs of hauling and applying it. This publication will help determine how far a producer can haul a load of manure with a tractor-pulled spreader without incurring additional hauling expenses. The cost of manure application depends on the distance between manure source and the field where it is to be applied. The greater the distance, the greater the cost of labor, tractor road time and fuel use. Greater hauling costs can be worthwhile if manure has greater value on fields farther from the manure source.
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