Do manure haulers hurt roads?

By Susan Harlow, editor

Eastern DairyBusiness

    How much stress does manure hauling equipment put on rural roads? Professional nutrient management applicator organizations in five Midwest states are working with departments of transportation to find out. In a three-year, $750,000 study, equipment is being tested on pavement at the Minnesota Road Research facility in Montecello, Minn. Ryan DeBroux, Luxemburg, Wis., president of the Professional Nutrient Applicator Association of Wisconsin, said his profession wants to be ahead of the game. “There’s a lot of misconception out there,” he said. “We want to be proactive before towns get nervous and try to change the rules.”
    DeBroux said manure applicators stress to their customers that their equipment’s flotation tires and multiple axles don’t compact soils. Yet municipalities and states fail to give them credit for that.
     Professional nutrient management organizations in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Ohio and Michigan have contributed to the project. Departments of transportation in Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois are collaborating, as well as these agribusinesses that have donated money and/or equipment: Husky Farm Equipment, Houle, John Deere, Agco Corp., Case IH, Firestone, Titan Tire Corp. and Michelin.

One Comment on “Do manure haulers hurt roads?”

  • joe vogt March 14th, 2009 4:04 am

    I am a liquid manure hauler in southern Minnesota. The state of Minnesota is now saying that the equipment I am using is damaging the road of my state. Although in the 15 years that I have been in business, I have hauled out of the same barn and never damaged any roads. I say this because the roads show no excess wear in any strech I use. Please send me any results you may have: good, bad or if I can help in any way. thank you joe