Pasture grass testing and manure management

Asked April 27, 2019, 4:39 AM EDT

Hello, I was informed that I can get help to test my pastures and you might give recommendations for the health of the horses, land and community. I also heard that the state of Michigan has an incentive to dig a hole and do a very specific design for manure management. Can you direct me to current literature or people that might be able to help me? We just bought over ten acres at in highland and want to bring the horses home in July/ August. You can contact me via email or phone. Thank you

Oakland County Michigan animal manure management horse pasture management

1 Response

Greetings, you can get help soil testing your pastures from your local MSU Extension office. The office in Oakland County is 1200 N. Telegraph Road #26 E Pontiac, MI 48341. There you can buy soil test kits for field/crops or you can go to this website http://www.spnl.msu.edu/FieldCropSoilSampleSubmission.html

Here is a link to a good article about taking soil tests.
https://www.canr.msu.edu/news/proper_soil_sampling_depth_is_critical_for_pasture_soil_testing

It sounds like you are new to farming. You may want to check out our Beginning Farmer Series https://www.canr.msu.edu/beginning_farmer_webinar_series/

To address your question about incentives for manure management. I would suggest that you contact your local NRCS office. They provide costshare and technical assistance for manure storage and other farming practices including grazing and fencing. Here is their information:
Lapeer (Lapeer & Oakland counties)
700 South Main Street, Suite 120C
Lapeer, MI 48446
Phone: 810/664-0895
FAX: 855/781-2331

If you would like someone from MSU Extension to visit you about he suitability of your land and facilities I would suggest our Equine Educator, Thomas Guthrie, 517-788-429 or guthri19@msu.edu .

Thanks for your inquiry. Please let me know if there is anything else I can help with.

Sincerely,