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[RC] Fw: Limited Pasture/spreading manure - Paul Sidio

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From: Paul Sidio
Sent: Monday, January 29, 2007 9:20 AM
Subject: RE: Limited Pasture/spreading manure

As a Realtor, I know a lot about spreading manure:).
The reason you need to do it, has more to do with pasture management  than anything else. If you leave the manure intact, it will burn out an area of the grass underneath it and around it. Depending on your rainfall amounts and temperatures, that burnout spot can last up to a couple of years before  the grass can comeback. Usually it goes through a rank weed stage before the grass crowds out the weeds.  The Extention offices in Missouri  used to have a chart that showed how much land a horse or cow's manure covered in a year. It seems like it was about 1/3 acre per year, but my memory could be mistaken.
To see this on a closer level, drop a concentrated handfull of fertilizer or manure on your lawn in one spot. Don't break it up  , and watch what happens. Track it and see how long it takes for the lawn to return to normal.
One of the old names city folks had for farmers/ranchers was  " S%&T Kickers" It came from the habit good farmers had when walking through a field where they would manually break up piles of fresh manure with their boots. It was good pasture management then. It still is now. It drives my wife nuts when I do it.  Drag those meadow muffins. It will help your pastures, and your horses health.
Paul N. Sidio
Spokane MO