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Yes. Return Turkey Litter is OMRI Listed® for organic use and we specifically service the farming professional.

Yes. The new Groundwater Protection Rule from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) restricts the application of nitrogen fertilizer in the fall. However, return Turkey Litter is not restricted by this new regulation. The Groundwater Protection rule does not apply to raw animal waste, manures, bedding, or litter.

70 – 80% percent of the nitrogen in return Turkey Litter is in an organic form. Due to the high percentage of organic nitrogen in Return Turkey Litter, 80 – 90% of the total nitrogen is still available if never incorporated into the soil. Unlike synthetic fertilizers, unconverted Organic N does not leach like Nitrate N or volatilize like ammonium N.

Return Turkey Litter pH levels are consistently in the range for optimal nutrient availability with an average pH of 6-7.

Return Turkey Litter is stockpiled on the location where the litter will be applied.

Yes. We recommend applying at a rate of three tons or less per acre for applications that will be followed by legumes and cover crops.

No. We have seen no lodging issues if application rates stay below two to three tons per acre.

In the state of Minnesota, the MPCA regulates the use of animal waste, manures, bedding, and litter. Unlike synthetic fertilizers, unconverted Organic N does not leach like Nitrate N.

Yes. Please contact us to see how we can help meet your fertilizer needs.

No. Phosphorus and Potash, along with other trace minerals are stable in the soil and do not leach.

Fifty percent of the nitrogen is available in year one if incorporated within 24 hours of application. Due to the high percentage of organic nitrogen in Return Turkey Litter, forty-five percent is still available if never incorporated into the soil.

While it can vary due to commercial micronutrient prices, we estimate a value of  $10/ton.

    1. Organic matter is made up of different components that can be grouped into three major types: 1. Plant residues and living microbial biomass. 2. Active soil organic matter also referred to as detritus. 3. Stable soil organic matter, often referred to as humus.

We like to use a home for an analogy. Microbes need a place to live and organic matter is a house for them to live in. Without organic matter, there is no home for microbes, and without microbes, there is no life. There are numerous benefits to having high, stable organic matter level in your soils. Improved water holding capacity, increased ability to hold onto and supply essential nutrients over time, and enhancement of soil microbial diversity which can help in the suppression of diseases and pests are just a few of the benefits of organic matter. 

No. The turkey feed production process goes through an expander. During this process, the feed is heated to temperatures in excess of 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Weed seeds are sterilized when temps reach temperatures 150 degrees and higher.

No. A two to three-ton rate does not carry over enough nitrogen to promote white mold the following year. Larger white mold factors would be soil type, soil moisture, and row spacing.

Organic nitrogen begins to convert to a usable form for the plant at 50 degrees fahrenheit.

This depends on the crop you are growing, soil type, and current nutrient levels in the soil. Please contact our sales team so we can develop a sustainable plan that meets your needs.

Return Turkey Litter generally has a moisture content of forty to forty-five percent.

Return turkey litter is generally in the 8:1 to 11:1 range, allowing the carbon to naturally break down in the soil and therefore, allowing the microbes to use it for metabolism and growth. This C:N ratio exactly matches the C:N ratio of microbes in the soil creating a perfect source of food for microbial growth and activity.

Yes. We consistently sample the litter as it comes out of the barn and can provide an analysis at your request.

Fifty percent of Return Turkey Litter is available in the first year and fifteen percent is available for the second year. With most commercial nitrogen, you can expect to get all of the availability that year with no carry-over the following season. 

Unfortunately, we do not offer bulk discounts due to the high demand for our products.

Unfortunately, we do not offer financing at this time, but we do accept all major credit cards.

Trucking and spreading costs are embedded in the price per ton.

Yes. Please talk to your sales representative about this when ordering your Return products.

Like any manure-based product, there is some odor, however, Return Turkey Litter is generally less odorous than other manure-based products. When stockpiling, the odor typically subsides within a few days and when spreading, the odor typically subsides immediately once incorporated. Explaining the environmental benefits of sustainable and organic products like Return Turkey Litter over synthetic fertilizers will oftentimes calm the nerves of a disgruntled neighbor.

Yes. MinneGrow and Return Turkey Litter can be spread at variable rates. Please inquire with your sales representative to learn more.

Yes. Please contact us to learn how we can meet your home garden needs.

Products bearing the OMRI Listed® seal have been reviewed and determined to be allowed for organic use in accordance with one or more specific organic standards: the USDA National Organic Program regulations, the Canada Organic Regime standards, or the Mexican Organic Products Law organic guidelines. Users are encouraged to consult a product’s OMRI certificate, the OMRI web search product listing and/or the appropriate OMRI Products List for more information about compliant uses.

Agricultural products that are outputs of organic farms or processors (such as foods, fibers and feeds) can be USDA “certified organic.” Most input products (such as fertilizers, pesticides, additives, etc.) are ineligible for organic certification. However, inputs must be approved prior to use on a certified organic operation. OMRI reviews input products to verify that they meet the organic standards for use on organic farms or in organic processing. OMRI is recognized by the USDA National Organic Program as a reputable third party input reviewer in Interim Instruction 3012 of the NOP Handbook. In addition, OMRI is accredited under the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 17065 by the USDA Quality Assessment Division. On an annual basis, USDA auditors confirm that OMRI adheres to the policies and standards set forth in the OMRI Policy Manual© and OMRI Standards Manual©, and by the U.S. organic standards.

Only foods, fibers, and feeds are eligible to be called “certified organic” and carry the USDA’s seal for organic products. Input products are used to grow, process, or produce organic foods, feed, or fibers including substances such as fertilizers, pesticides, and other materials used on a farm or in a food processing facility. They are typically not eligible to carry the USDA seal or use the term “certified organic.” Organic operators look for the OMRI Listed® seal because it assures them the product has passed OMRI expert review for use as an input for organic production.