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State: WI farmers could face manure issues

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MADISON (WKOW) – State agriculture officials are reminding farmers that heavy rains after a wet spring in southern Wisconsin could lead to overflowing manure storage facilities. 

Water quality officials say spreading manure on already saturated fields could lead to manure runoff into nearby streams and lakes.

Sara Walling, who leads the Resource Planning and Water Quality Section at the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, says their engineers have been out in the field working with farmers.

Greg Baneck, president of the Wisconsin Land and Water Conservation Association, encourages farmers to contact their local conservation agent for advice or if they have any questions.  Those experts may know of existing storage with excess capacity.

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