Over 280 million birds are produced each year
in East Texas, generating over 300,000 tons of litter. This litter
is also a great resource for our area when properly utilized. Most
of the litter is now spread on our pastureland providing good fertility
and soil amendments. A potential problem can arise when litter is
applied for a long period of time causing a buildup of phosphorus.
Our goal is to help the industry find more markets for this resource
to provide more off-farm options. Our litter management project
has made a lot of progress thanks to our many partners.
We have demonstrations with both the Overton and Beaumont Agricultural
Experiment Stations. Dr. Gerald Evers at Overton is working with
the Sabine Mining Company to demonstrate the benefits of poultry
litter for mine reclamation using grass. Sabine Mining will also
use the litter for the sites planted with trees. Panola Soil and
Water Conservation District partnered with TXU Mining to demonstrate
the use of litter on their mined land.
Tree planting on mine reclamation land
Dr. Fred Turner with the Rice Experiment Station in Beaumont has
demonstrations on both rice and turf grass. Our primary partner
is Stephen F. Austin State University and Dr. Leon Young. Funding
was provided by the Texas Soil And Water Conservation Board and
the Environmental Protection Agency.
East Texas Poultry Litter Suppliers
Brad Lowery 936-569-5997
John Sparks 936-554-4291
Posters and flyers are available free of charge through the RC&D Office.