Economic comparison of liquid manure transport and land application in the Great Lakes Region

J. C. Hadrich, T. M. Harrigan, C. A. Wolf

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Abstract

A manure transport and land application system cost decision tool was developed to provide farmers, custom applicators, and others involved with manure management a manure handling cost calculator for their individual operation. The manure hauling rate was calculated as a function of the manure production level, machinery set chosen, manure tank capacity, and distance hauled. Equipment costs included ownership and operating costs for manure hauling and incorporation or injection of manure. Fertilizer value of manure was included in the total manure handling cost in the form of a cost savings and constrained by environmental guidelines. An example 700 cow dairy farm was used to demonstrate representative costs across manure handling systems over a range of hauling distances. Tractor-drawn systems resulted in lower total manure handling costs for distances less than 3 miles compared to a tractor-drawn spreader tank with 2 nurse tanks for over-the-road transport. Broadcast application with immediate incorporation compared to injection resulted in an increase in total handling time and a decreased handling cost. Fertilizer value of manure was a function of manure application method. Total manure handling system cost including fertilizer value of manure converged for tractor-drawn spreader systems using broadcast versus injection application as distance increased.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAmerican Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting 2009, ASABE 2009
Pages4848-4860
Number of pages13
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009
EventAmerican Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting 2009 - Reno, NV, United States
Duration: Jun 21 2009Jun 24 2009

Publication series

NameAmerican Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting 2009, ASABE 2009
Volume8

Other

OtherAmerican Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting 2009
CountryUnited States
CityReno, NV
Period6/21/096/24/09

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Keywords

  • Economic
  • Machinery management
  • Manure management

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Hadrich, J. C., Harrigan, T. M., & Wolf, C. A. (2009). Economic comparison of liquid manure transport and land application in the Great Lakes Region. In American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting 2009, ASABE 2009 (pp. 4848-4860). (American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting 2009, ASABE 2009; Vol. 8).