Non-frozen ground manure management is critical to a profitable operation and a healthy environment. UW Discovery Farms data suggests that soil moisture content is a good predictor of runoff risk. Research has shown that a small amount of rain can trigger runoff if soil moisture content is above 35%. UW Discovery Farms staff presents information on this topic in a variety of ways including presentations and articles.
This information was gathered by UW Discovery Farms to be utilized by UW Extension and other constituents for the purpose of educating the general public, farmers and interested parties on non-frozen ground management. A series of factsheets and handouts are in development with more specific information on this topic.