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seabee003
10-06-2011, 02:37 PM
Interesting article. If you are a farmer in the midwest, looks like you may be able to get Milorganite free in bulk!

http://www.jsonline.com/news/milwaukee/mmsd-may-give-away-surplus-milorganite-131179293.html

I have no idea what their margins are on the 36 lb bags, but if they could lower the price, their volume might go up! My guess is that packaging, shipping and a mark-up for the end retailer probably doesn't give them the opportunity to lower the price much.

ICT Bill
10-06-2011, 09:26 PM
Interesting article. If you are a farmer in the midwest, looks like you may be able to get Milorganite free in bulk!

http://www.jsonline.com/news/milwaukee/mmsd-may-give-away-surplus-milorganite-131179293.html

I have no idea what their margins are on the 36 lb bags, but if they could lower the price, their volume might go up! My guess is that packaging, shipping and a mark-up for the end retailer probably doesn't give them the opportunity to lower the price much.

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starry night
10-08-2011, 08:56 AM
The amount to be given away, i.e. 10,000 tons, isn't very much, is it?
I don't think that much goes very far on farm fields.

starry night
10-08-2011, 09:07 AM
The amount to be given away, i.e. 10,000 tons, isn't very much, is it?
I don't think that much goes very far on farm fields.

Somebody help me with the math. If it is put on a field at the same rate as a home lawn, 3000 sq ft / 36 lb. bag, 10,000 tons would cover 120,000 acres.
Is that right?

seabee003
10-08-2011, 10:19 AM
Somebody help me with the math. If it is put on a field at the same rate as a home lawn, 3000 sq ft / 36 lb. bag, 10,000 tons would cover 120,000 acres.
Is that right?


It is actually 36 lbs of milorganite per 2500 sq ft.

So, if my math is correct, the calculation is as follows:

10,000 ton x (2000 lb / 1 ton) x (2500 sq ft / 36 lb) x (1 acre / 43,450 sq ft)

= 31,965 acres

With average farms size a little under 500 acres, it is enough to do about 65 farms. Basically, your main point is correct -- while it sounded like a lot in the newspaper article, it really isn't.

phasthound
10-08-2011, 05:27 PM
Looks like it's all going to one farmer.

One Ozaukee County farmer applied 1,600 tons to fields this year and is willing to spread all that is available on other fields in Ozaukee and Sheboygan counties after corn is harvested this month, Wilhelm said. The farmer would get 8,400 more tons to meet the district's 2011 goal.

No other farms are needed this year.

seabee003
10-09-2011, 10:29 AM
Must be putting it down a lot heavier the 36 lb per 2500 sq ft. Since it is after the corn harvest, I guess you put it on the fields at a lot heavier rate than you would on an actively growing lawn -- kind of like working cow manure into the soil!

lawncuttinfoo
10-26-2011, 07:59 AM
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Georgia Lawn
10-26-2011, 09:59 PM
""Paid $297,000 to manage the program"

run a bobcat and sit by a phone and answer, ya we are open come on down.
where do I sign up?"

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