Poultry litter being incorporated into the soil during disking, a process that turns the soil and pulverizes it so that the litter will be mixed into it. Over a three-year period, ARS scientists determined that yields were cumulatively higher in plots with litter applied in the spring rather than in the fall. ARS photo by Haile Tewolde.
Poultry litter being incorporated into the soil during disking, a process that turns the soil and pulverizes it so that the litter will be mixed into it. Over a three-year period, ARS scientists determined that yields were cumulatively higher in plots with litter applied in the spring rather than in the fall.

Poultry litter helps cotton growers maximize profits

While more farmers use poultry litter as fertilizer, little information exists about amounts cotton growers should use to maximize profits.

A Mississippi-based researcher with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service (ARS) has learned that using poultry litter as fertilizer can help cotton growers in the Southeast maximize profits.

Poultry litter — chicken manure, spilled feed, excess feathers and other materials from poultry houses — contains nitrogen and phosphorus, which are both important crop nutrients. Applying poultry litter to the soil also recycles some of the tons of litter

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