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G9216, New January 2006

Nutrient Management Information Survey for Poultry Dry Litter Systems

John Lory and Steve Cromley
Division of Plant Sciences

A nutrient management plan is a road map for your farm on how to manage manure and fertilizer in an efficient and environmentally sound way. The first step in nutrient management planning is to collect the information about your farm needed for the planning process. This guide will help you determine what information and records your nutrient management planner is likely to need to complete a plan for your farm.

This guide is a survey that helps prepare you to work with a nutrient management planner. Do not worry if you do not have all the requested information or cannot answer all the questions in the survey. Your nutrient management planner will work with you to fill in the gaps in the information you provide.

The more of this information you can provide, the more accurately the resulting plan will reflect what is possible and best for your farm. Having more of this information on hand at the start of the planning process also will speed the planning process for your farm.

Helpful information

Farm Information Survey: Contact information
Operation name Operator name
Operation address

Operator address

Phone Phone
Email Email
Fax Fax
Farm Information Survey: Manure production, storage and handling
Name of operation
Building management and manure production
Bird type Average animal weight ((weight in + weight out)/2)
Number of houses Number flocks per year
Average number of animals on the farm at any one time
Do you use a phosphorus reduction strategy such as feeding phytase?
Bedding type (sawdust, rich hulls, other) Tons per year used
Do you apply additives to your litter such as alum? Please explain
Amount of litter removed per cleanout
Please describe how you manage litter in your buildings (frequency and timing of decaking and partial and full cleanouts)
Cake manure Tons per building per cleanout Times per year
Partial cleanout Tons per building per cleanout Times per year
Full cleanout Tons per building per cleanout Times per year
Do you have a stackhouse? Capacity
Do you have litter test? Date of last litter test
Mortality management
Average percent of annual mortality
Do you use litter for composting? If yes how many tons per year?
Number of composting bins Bin size
How many tons per year of mortality compost do you generate?
If you have other manure storage and treatment facilities, explain here

Manure and litter application
Type of equipment used to apply manure and litter
Spreader capacity
Swath (application) width
Minimum application rate


Farm Information Survey: Crop rotation

Fill in the following table to provide information for each field in your operation or that is available for manure application. Field names should be used consistently throughout the plan. When providing crop rotation and yield goal information, start with the crop that will be grown in that field during the first year of the plan. Use crop records to help determine realistic yield goals.

Field name Acres Crop rotation (yield goal) Date of last soil test Available for manure application Owned, rented or other Irrigated Tilled or no-till
Example 100

Corn (140)
Soybean (40)
Corn silage (20 t/a)
Wheat silage (3 t/a)

October 2003 Yes Owned No Tilled








Farm Information Survey: Fertilization and tillage practices

Fill in the following table to provide information on your fertilizer, manure and tillage practices. List each crop in your rotation.

Crop Fertilizer Manure Tillage
Source Timing Source Timing Placement1 Activity Timing
Example: Corn Anhydrous 82-0-0 Spring-April INJ Layer Spring-April SI (1) Disk Fall
  Starter 32-0-0 Planting INJ       Field cultivator Spring
1SNI = Surface application not incorporated, SI = Surface application incorporated; provide the number of days to incorporate, INJ = Injected
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