Grow Nebraska Dairy

Nebraska Grain Farmers

Having a dairy as your neighbor
will open doors for your own operation.

From our values to our dinner plate, agriculture is woven into the very fabric of our lives. As a farmer, and Nebraskan,you understand why preserving this industry matters. And we believe it’s our responsibility to help your operation thrive. In thinking of ways to help keep your farm in the black, partnerships might not always come to mind. More specifically, other producers likely don’t make the list. However, it’s possible that welcoming a dairy farm to your area could make the greatest positive impact. Having a dairy as your neighbor can benefit your operation in many ways.

Boosting your bottom line begins with your soil :

Finding ways to protect and support your soil can take time and lead to substantial input costs. By choosing manure as fertilizer over commercial applications, you can drastically cut costs while effectively improving the productivity of your land.

Greater Soil Fertility

A well-balanced package of phosphorus, potassium, nitrogen, and organic matter in manure can build soil fertility better than what is affordable with commercial fertilizers.

Improved Water Use

The organic matter found in manure helps improve water infiltration rates, water-holding capacity and soil health.

Higher Yields

Better soil fertility, combined with greater water uptake, is proven to deliver a 10-20% yield improvement when manure is utilized as fertilizer over a period of time. In fact, at $4.50/bushel, a 20-bushel yield advantage results in an increase of $90/acre in revenue while also lowering fertilizer costs.

Lower Input Costs

The manure used for fertilizer is often supplied and custom-applied by the dairy. This eliminates your need to do applications in the fall and/or spring and reduces the need for dry broadcast applications of other nutrients. When custom-applied, this can save farmers more than $300/acre while also saving valuable time.

Elevate your operation’s with help success from a local dairy :

01

Improve Your Soil

Manure fertilizer allows you to build soil fertility and soil health in ways commercial fertilizers can’t.

02

Reap the Benefits of Producing Silage vs. Grain

Growing corn silage results in an earlier harvest, freeing you to focus on other areas of your operation later in the fall.

03

Reduce or Eliminate Seasonal Labor

Most dairy operations will handle harvest and fertilizing, saving you time and unnecessary costs.

04

Maximize Soil Health

Using dairy slurry manure places nutrients in the root zone for greater uptake by corn and other grains.

05

More Diversified Cash Crop Options

Partnering with a local dairy can open doors in diversifying crop rotations and implementing new cash crops such as alfalfa.

06

Adding a Cover Crop

Farmers who implement a cover crop gain the benefit of reduced erosion and dust, lower compaction, and improved nutrient availability.

07

Create a Ready-Market for Your Corn

Selling directly to a dairy saves time and keeps dollars in the area by reducing trucking costs and selling for local use.

08

Higher Land Values

When farmland includes manure application agreements and opportunities to sell value-added crops, land values can increase by up to $1,000/acre.

Cost Savings

Minimize costs typically spent on harvest, trucking, drying and storage. By harvesting silage, farmers can save more than $100/acre versus harvesting corn for grain. When the dairy handles most of the harvesting and processing, you have lower costs and little to no risk of damage or loss.

Shorter Growing Season

Silage can usually be harvested a month earlier than grain harvest. This eliminates the risk of phantom yield loss or dry matter shrink in corn grain. It also allows you to grow cover crops more effectively to better protect the soil while improving soil health.

dairy cattle and They will feed your bottom line

Partnering with a dairy creates an opportunity to diversify your crop production. Rotating crops such as alfalfa is beneficial to soil health and creates an opportunity to utilize cover crops to protect the soil and open the door for additional income. Growing and selling corn silage and other forages to a dairy can help you save significantly on input costs, give you back time to focus on other areas of your operation and create an opportunity for applying manure versus traditional fertilizer and other costly inputs.
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