Free Milorganite

Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by seabee003, Oct 6, 2011.

  1. seabee003

    seabee003 LawnSite Member
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    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.
     
  2. ICT Bill

    ICT Bill LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Yep, we saw this coming 3 years ago and why we are focused on supplying organic (NOP) based pesticides, plant based products that are "generally regarded as safe" (GRAS) is the EPA term for it
    Pre-emergent hebicides
    Fungicides
    Pesticides
    the tools that a landscaping company needs to do their job
     
  3. starry night

    starry night LawnSite Silver Member
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    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.
     
  4. starry night

    starry night LawnSite Silver Member
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    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?
     
  5. seabee003

    seabee003 LawnSite Member
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    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.
     
  6. phasthound

    phasthound LawnSite Platinum Member
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    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.
     
  7. seabee003

    seabee003 LawnSite Member
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    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!
     
  8. lawncuttinfoo

    lawncuttinfoo LawnSite Bronze Member
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    "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?
     
  9. Georgia Lawn

    Georgia Lawn LawnSite Member
    Male, from Ga
    Posts: 98

    ""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?"

    Yeah Ill be right there with yall
     

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