The More-than-Manure (MTM) Nutrient Manager is a liquid product designed to be poured directly into confinement barn manure pits or lagoons.

Lora Berg 1, Editor

July 15, 2012

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SFP – More-than-Manure Nutrient Manager
<p> Melanie Acklin, left, showed the panel a video depicting how More-than-Manure cuts through manure crust.</p>


The More-than-Manure (MTM) Nutrient Manager is a liquid product designed to be poured directly into confinement barn manure pits or lagoons.

“More-than-Manure is the first and only product that works to protect both phosphorus from lock-up and nitrogen from leaching, denitrification and volatilization in applied manure,” explained Melanie Acklin, SFP. “The product maximizes phosphorus and nitrogen in all manures and litters, both dry and liquid,”

She told the panel MTM can be used in manure applied in the spring or fall and has no crop rotation restrictions. “All grower-standard practices using manure fertilizer comply with MTM,” she said. “When you pour MTM into the pit it helps to break down crusting and solids and can help reduce ammonia levels.”

The liquid product comes in 2½-gal. jugs and 250-gal. totes and costs approximately $18/acre at the treatment rate of 18 oz./acre, according to Acklin.

The panel asked about research on the product and whether or not it was effective in foaming manure pits. Though there have been some comparisons made between barns on farms, the product has not undergone extensive research at this point, but anecdotal evidence has shown some foam reduction, Acklin said.

“SFP has acknowledged that they need more research data, and it sounds like that data is being sought,” Ted Funk said.

Learn more about More-than- Manure Nutrient Manager at

About the Author(s)

Lora Berg 1

Editor, National Hog Farmer

Lora is the editor of National Hog Farmer. She joined the National Hog Farmer editorial team in 1993, served as associate editor, managing editor, contributing editor, and digital editor before being named to the editor position in 2013. She has written and produced electronic newsletters for Farm Industry News, Hay & Forage Grower and BEEF magazines. She was also the founding editor of the Nutrient Management e-newsletter.

Lora grew up on a purebred Berkshire operation in southeastern South Dakota and promoted pork both as the state’s Pork Industry Queen and as an intern with the South Dakota Pork Producers Council. Lora earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from South Dakota State University in agricultural journalism and mass communications. She has served as communications specialist for the National Live Stock and Meat Board and as director of communications for the University of Minnesota College of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences. During her career, Lora earned the Story of the Year award from the American Agricultural Editors’ Association and bronze award at the national level in the American Society of Business Publication Editors’ competition. She is passionate about providing information to support National Hog Farmer's pork producer readers through 29 electronic newsletter issues per month, the monthly magazine and website.

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