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Record number 322089
Title Restoring farmers' confidence in manure benefits the environment.
Author(s) Schröder, J.J.
Source In: 10th FAO Ramiran conference on Recycling of Organic Residues in Agriculture : 14-18 May, Strbske Pleso / Venglovský, J. & Gréserová, G.. - Kosice, Slovak Republic : University of Veterinary Medicine, 2002 - p. 401 - 415.
Department(s) Agrosystems
Publication type Contribution in proceedings
Publication year 2002
Abstract The ongoing disintegration of agriculture into specialized farms, specialized regions and even specialized countries, has disrupted local nutrient cycles. This process is promoted and sustained by the use of mineral fertilizers. Ample availability of mineral fertilizers has changed farmers' perception and appreciation of manure. By now, manure is looked upon as 'waste' in some regions. It is a contradiction in terms, however, to regard biological by-products as 'waste'. Apart from this cultural aspect, economical and environmental considerations per se, justify a rehabilitation of manure. Undeniably, it is much easier to manage mineral fertilizers than manure. However, when proper attention is given to the composition of manure and decisions on rates, timing and placement are made correspondingly, the nitrogen fertilizer value of manure can be enhanced. This should lead to a drastic reduction of mineral fertilizer use, mineral surpluses and environmental pollution. Under such conditions, 'manure', 'precision farming' and 'environment' can become reconciled again
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