Horse Manure/Hay Field Managment - Weed Seed

Asked August 11, 2017, 12:46 PM EDT

Hi, We have a horse training facility and produce our own hay on 30 acres. We feed horses with our own hay and bed with saw dust. We weed spray/fertilize our fields in the spring/fall and would like to start spreading the horse manure from the stalls. My question: Is the horse manure going to be beneficial to the fields or will it spread weed seed, even if we spray. Thank you! Todd

Leelanau County Michigan

1 Response

Please see the following reply from one of our MSU Extension Educators:

"Composting the manure is a beneficial option and will eliminate any weed seed concerns in regard to spreading the composted manure on the hayfield. The most appropriate time to spread the composted manure on a hayfield would be in the fall or very early in the spring."

If you have any additional questions please contact Tom Guthrie: http://msue.anr.msu.edu/experts/thomas_guthrie