Applications of poultry litter as fertilizer on farmland within the Illinois River basin in Oklahoma have increased about 37.4 percent during the most recent period reported by the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry.

According to a report from the Tahlequah Daily Press, during the period from July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2014, 8,001 tons of poultry litter was applied as fertilizer in the Oklahoma portion of the watershed, up from the 5,823 tons applied during the previous reporting period.

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The report also brings attention to the fact that more poultry litter was shipped outside of the watershed area for fertilizer use during the recent reporting period by more than 5,000 tons. While the most recent stats are an increase, the 34,115 tons most recently reported is nearly half of what was reported during fiscal year 2011.