What is the value of poultry litter?
In addition to the “macro” nutrients in broiler litter, you can expect to get an almost complete compliment of secondaries like sulfur and magnesium, along with quantities of the “micro” nutrients sufficient for the current crop. We normally get something like 300 pounds of lime value per ton of litter, so pH levels should not drop as rapidly in soils that receive litter. Please don’t take this to mean that poultry litter is a sufficient liming material, because it is not.
Poultry litter is a valuable nutrient resource for many agricultural uses, but it should be used in conjunction with a good soil testing and fertilization program and that includes other fertilizers and lime products. A total reliance on litter will lead to nutrient imbalances that can be problematic in some crops.
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