The value of manure to area cropping systems will be explained at two July meetings sponsored by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service and Texas Cattle Feeders Association.

As commercial fertilizer prices continue to escalate, manure is becoming a more viable option for nitrogen, phosphorus, micro-nutrients and other organic matter, said Patrick Warminski, AgriLife Extension risk management specialist.

At the meetings, experts will present current information on the nutrient and economic value of feedyard manure in irrigated and dryland cropping systems, Warminski said.

Both meetings will be on July 10: the first from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in The O’Laughlin Center, 502 S. Brandt, in Spearman; and the second from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Texas AgriLife Research Station north of Dumas near Etter.

The agenda will be the same for both meetings, and a meal will also be provided, Warminski said.

The two topics and speakers are: “Agronomic Benefits of Feedyard Manure in the Texas High Plains,” Sam Feagley, AgriLife Extension state soil environmental specialist from College Station; and “Economic Value of Manure Versus Commercial Fertilizer and Recent Manure Cost Survey,” Warminski.

The meetings are free and open to farmers, ranchers, feedyard owners and managers, Warminski said.

Those planning to attend should contact Scena Snyder at Texas Cattle Feeders Association at 806-358-3681 or by e-mail at scena@tcfa.org so an accurate meal count can be made.

For additional details or specific questions, contact Warminski at 806-677-5600 or plwarminski@ag.tamu.edu; or Ben Weinheimer at Texas Cattle Feeders Association, 806-358-3681 or ben@tcfa.org.