Poultry Manure as a Fertilizer

chickens in cageAnimal manures have been used as natural crop fertilizers for centuries. Because of poultry manure’s high nitrogen content, it has long been recognized as one of the most desirable manures. Besides fertilizing crops, manures also supply other essential plant nutrients and serve as a soil amendment by adding organic matter, which helps improve the soil’s moisture and nutrient retention. Organic matter persistence will vary with temperature, drainage, rainfall, and other environmental factors. This 2-page fact sheet was written by Michael A. Davis, D.R. Sloan, Gerald Kidder, and R.D. Jacobs, and published by the UF Department of Animal Science, November 2013.

SP103/VH021 Florida Vegetable Gardening Guide

Revised! SP-103, a 12-page fact sheet by J.M. Stephens, Sydney Park Brown, Danielle Treadwell, Susan Webb, Amanda Gevens, R.A. Dunn, G. Kidder, D. Short, and G.W. Simone, provides research-based recommendations appropriate for home gardens. It covers planning, soil preparation, compost and fertilizing, irrigation and drainage, and pest management with and without pesticides. Includes tables with fertilizer and insectic control recommendations, a planting guide with planting dates and spacing information, and a table of varieties recommended for Florida gardens. Published by the UF Horticultural Sciences Department, February 2009.

Circular 1091/DS121 Water Budgets for Florida Dairy Farms

Revised! Circular 1091, a 6-page fact sheet by D. R. Bray, R. A. Bucklin, H. H. Van Horn, , R. A. Nordstedt, A. B. Bottcher, R. N. Gallaher, C. G. Chambliss, and G. Kidder, provides estimates of amounts of water commonly used for various purposes so that water use budgets for dairy farms can be developed on a per-cow and total-farm
basis. Includes references. Published by the UF Department of Animal Science, 2008.