Since our last update on the benefits of Profit Pro Ag’s manure additives, we’ve had a handful of the Stutsman manure community add them to their operation. Regardless if you are a custom pumper or a producer dealing with your own manure, check out how Manure Mechanical Defoamer and Manure Master Plus has helped these customers.
Manure Master plus
Matt Ditch | Center Point, IA
“I really like how Manure Master Plus is a complete product. It keeps crusting down, helps cut down on solids, improves P & K availability, and overall makes our manure more usable. I pump my own manure and only have one pump, so agitation was difficult prior to using Manure Master Plus. Now, even the bottom of the pit has the ideal liquid consistency. It’s really impressive how one product gives me all these advantages. I’m on my third year of using Manure Master Plus, and I plan on using it for many more.”
Layne Twinam | Crawfordsville, IA
“I started using Manure Master Plus in the fall of 2018 in both finisher and nursery buildings, and have been really pleased with it. It keeps the pits from crusting, which also keeps the flies down. I have tried other manure additives in the past, but with Manure Master Plus I truly saw results.”
Manure Master Plus is a biological manure additive made up of a vast diversity of microorganisms that benefits storage, handling/application, and even environmental and agronomic components.
Storage & Handling/Application
» Reduces crusting and solids for a more consistent, liquefied manure
Environmental and Agronomic
» Improves nutrient retention and increases biological activity in the soil for enhanced soil
and crop health
» Cuts down on odor to help with neighbor relations
» Reduces pest pressure
Use 40 gallons of Manure Master Plus per one million gallons of manure annually. When starting treatment, use 15 gallons per one million gallons of manure. This first treatment should occur 2-3 weeks after spring or fall pump-out, when the pit/lagoon is at its lowest capacity and fresh manure has accumulated. Following that, use 2.5 gallons of Manure Master Plus per one million gallons of manure each month for 10 months.
Manure Mechanical Defoamer
Luke Jaeger | Jaeger Custom Hauling, LLC. | Keota, IA
“I’ve used Manure Mechanical Defoamer for two years and think it’s a great product. When I started using it, I quickly saw how well Manure Mechanical Defoamer works, making it well worth the money. Today I buy it in 55-gallon drums and use it in every single pit. It really reduces foam and helps us load tanks quickly. Because of this product, we’re able to utilize the full capacity of the tanks and even cut down on the number of loads. Overall, this product saves time and increases efficiency. I highly recommend Manure Mechanical Defoamer to others hauling manure.”
Dean Wurzer | D&J Pumping | Hawkeye, IA
“This is really an amazing product. When we started using Manure Mechanical Defoamer in fall of 2018, we loved the results and never turned back. We use it to maximize tank capacity for loads that are hauled a farther distance. For example, this spring we had a 4-mile haul from the pit to the field and were only getting 4800 gallons of manure in a 7300-gallon tank. After stirring in Manure Mechanical Defoamer, our next load had 6200 gallons of manure, and it kept going up from there. Plus, we’ve found it to be effective at only half the recommended rate. Manure Mechanical Defoamer has really made a difference in our operation and I surely recommend it to others.”
If you’ve ever dealt with foaming during pump out, you know the impact it has on tank capacity and efficiency. A more environmentally acceptable option over diesel, Manure Mechanical Defoamer, a plant-based oil product, cuts down on mechanical foam in pits, lagoons, tankers or manure tanks. When used at the rate of 1 gallon per 100,000-300,000 gallons of manure, results have shown a 33% gain on load capacity. This equates to a $5.26 return on investment.
Operational Cost of Manure Foam Example*
250 semi loads per day × 5,000 gal. manure per load
= 1,250,000 gal. moved per day
1,250,000 × 25% foam reduction
= 312,500 gal. of foam moved per day
312,500 ÷ 5,000 gal. manure per load
= 62.5 loads lost per day to foam
62.5 ÷ 4 air-filled loads per hour
≈ 15.6 hours lost per day to foam
15.6 × $125.00 hauling cost per hour
= $2,000 lost per day to foam
Other costs associated with foaming
= $1,000.00+ per day
$2,000 loss per day + $1,000 additional cost
= approx. $3,000.00 loss per day to foam
1,250,000 gal. manure ÷ 100,000 gal. (treatment rate)
= 12.5 gal. of product needed
$45.60/gal. for product × 12.5 gal.
= $570 for Manure Mechanical Defoamer
$3,000 daily loss ÷ $570 for product
= $5.26 return on investment
*This is an example of Manure Mechanical Defoamer on a 1,150 head dairy operation. In this case, semi tankers are hauling to a frac tank with a drag-line applicator operating in the field.