SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — A new app will help pork producers get the best value from their manure both financially and environmentally.
Ted Funk, Illinois Pork Producers Association’s agricultural engineering consultant, has led the development of the Illinois Manure Calculator to help producers efficiently calculate their manure usage.
“The Illinois Manure Calculator is built for the Illinois- specific manure plan rules, enabling a livestock producer to quickly balance manure applications with field crop nutrient needs,” Funk says in an IPPA news release.
“The user enters manure storages with the respective manure sample data, information for fields that will receive manure and the general type of manure application equipment being used.”
The app calculates a manure application rate based on the choice of nitrogen or phosphorus limits, and the N, P, and K that will be applied to the field. It also allows the user to enter a trial application rate, to see the effect on the nutrient balance.
Completed calculations can be emailed directly to the user for entry into the farm’s main manure nutrient management plan.
“This free manure rate calculator will give producers another tool in the tool box for carefully developing their manure management plans while utilizing best management practices,” says Jennifer Tirey, IPPA executive director.
The mobile app is available for iPhone and Android users. To download the free app visit the app store and search for “Illinois Manure Calculator.”