Livestock manures have been used as a crop fertilizer source for thousands of years. It continues to be a valuable source of crop nutrients, even with the advent of synthetic fertilizers. Because its nutrient content and availability can vary widely, it's important to develop a management plan that will optimize crop productivity while protecting water quality.

Topics include:

  • Benefits and challenges of using manure in crop production
  • What determines nutrient content in manure
  • How manure storage and handling affect nutrient availability
  • Importance of manure sampling and testing
  • How application methods and timing affect nitrogen loss 
  • Practices to optimize manure use and minimize nitrogen losses 

Please note: This course is self-paced. You may register at any point and complete the coursework when it is convenient for you.

Nutrient Management
Online Course


Self Paced
Training Type
Online Learning

United States


This course is free, but it requires registering through the University of Minnesota