With the current state of the industry—due to increased input costs and prices for feed, fuel and fertilizer—many farmers are looking to the poultry industry to provide waste for inexpensive fertilizer. Poultry waste, or litter, is a valuable source of nitrogen and phosphorous, reported researchers at the Kansas State University Department of Agronomy.

“Poultry litter can provide a significant and important supply of nutrients for crop production in areas where a supply of litter is available,” said Doug Shoup, K-State researcher and extension crop and soils specialist.

Nutrient concentration can be highly variable and depends mainly upon production conditions, and storage and handling methods. Therefore, laboratory analysis is the best way to determine the level of nitrogen and phosphorous in the litter.

The use of poultry litter can contribute to a reduced cost of fertilizer inputs for many operations, depending on the price and transportation of the litter. For more details on this fertilizer product, see the full release from Kansas State University.