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Understanding Poultry Litter for Fertilizer on Pastures/Hay Meadows

PALESTINE, OCTOBER, 2, 2017 -- Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service of Anderson County will present information on the use of Poultry Litter.  This program will be held October 19 at Ben E Keith, 2019 W. Oak St.  Registration will start at 5:00 p.m., meal at 5:30.  Program will begin at 6:00 and conclude at 8:00.  There will be 1 HR CEU in IPM given for this program.  Please RSVP October 18 by calling 903-723-3735.  Some may not be aware what poultry litter is.  Poultry litter is shavings, manure, and other materials removed from poultry houses during total cleanout operations.  Cake is the wetter material removed between individual flocks.  Both are excellent soil amendments that provide nutrients for growing crops and improve soil quality when applied wisely.  All farmers and ranchers who use Poultry litter or Commercial fertilizer should develop a regular soil testing program regardless if your using Poultry litter or Commercial fertilizer. You should be aware of the principles of nutrient management.

Soil testing is inexpensive and a best management practice. It is always a good idea to have the litter tested for nutrient content. Without testing we use an average nutrient percentage content of N3-P3-K2.  This means roughly an average ton of Poultry litter contains 60 pounds of nitrogen, 60 pounds of phosphate and 40 pounds of potassium per ton of litter.  Keep in mind broiler litter, pullet litter and Layer litter and the contents of each will be different.  Speaker for this program is Dr. Gerald Evers, Texas A&M Regents Fellow and Professor Emeritus. Dr. Evers will speak on Forage Production through the use of Poultry litter.  A tremendous amount of Dr. Evers research focused on working with Poultry litter.  Evers is recognized Regionally, State and Nationally for his contributions to Agriculture.

This program is sponsored by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service - Anderson County, Heritage Land Bank and Anderson County Farm Bureau.  

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