“I can tell you that manure record-keeping is good for you, but then so are liver and onions. I can say that you have to or you should, but that still doesn’t make it any fun,” says Natalie Rector, Michigan State University extension statewide nutrient management educator.

Manure record-keeping may not be fun, but it’s beneficialKeeping records of manure applications is a fact of life, she adds. They have rescued farmers from some serious situations. They have helped right-to-farm complaints become non-issues. They are like insurance; you pay the premium and hope you never need the coverage. “And, yes, they have also helped farmers with management decisions and problem-solving,” says Rector.

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