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Poultry litter’s efficiency as fertilizer studied

Researchers discovered a significant positive impact on soil, which was less compacted and could hold much more water.


July 22, 2021
By Western Producer

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Every year, poultry farmers raise millions of broiler chickens, turkeys and laying hens, and in 2019 Canadian chicken production generated $2.8 billion.

Along with all the meat and eggs comes millions of tonnes of poultry litter. Much of it is spread on crops as fertilizer.

While this practice is convenient, scientists at Mississippi State University are questioning how effective poultry litter really is as a soil fertilizer. Here’s what they’ve found thus far.

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