That’s the value of manure? A seemingly easy question that often ends with the answer "it depends."

Many factors influence the value of manure ­— what nutrients are in it and at what concentration, how far are we moving it and how it is applied, and perhaps more importantly, how useful will it be in our cropping systems.

Prices vary around the state

All these factors matter, and as you look around the state you’ll find manure being valued, used and sold at prices ranging from paying...