Advisories

  • March UPDATE to Manure Spreading Advisory #3 of 2017: South Coast Region

    Date: Mar 1, 2018

    Refer to Manure Spreading Advisory #3 of 2017 (Nov 1, 2017) for the current Advisory:

     “in general, manure application on any crops is not advised.” 

    The following Update does not change the Advisory. 

    With the T-sum value hovering near 200 in several areas across the Fraser Valley, it is important to remember the other factors to consider before a forage field is suitable for spreading manure. 

    • The field is not frozen or saturated; subject to flooding or runoff; and is not tile drained with the potential for manure to leave the farm;
    • Soil temperature should be greater than 5oC measured at a soil depth of 10 cm;
    • Grass is actively growing or;
    • A minimum buffer width of 5 meters (16 feet) is maintained between the application area and sensitive areas and watercourses including ditches;
    • Less than 10 mm of accumulated precipitation is expected for the 5 days following application.

    Most fields in the Fraser Valley do not meet these conditions, therefore there is no change to the current advisory.

    A full Advisory may be issued mid March if conditions change.

    Producers are responsible for decisions regarding manure spreading. Legislation gives no specific dates for manure spreading but it does not allow for manure to be spread in a manner that causes pollution.

    For further information, please contact B.C. Ministry of Agriculture:

    Jeff Nimmo, P.Ag.                         604-556-3109

    David Poon, P.Ag.                         604-556-3098

    For questions of a regulatory nature, please contact the B.C. Ministry of Environment:

    To report a spill                                      1-800-663-3456

    To report pollution                                  1-877-952-7277

     

     

     

     

     
    This Update is produced by government, in partnership with industry, to provide guidance to farmers regarding the Agricultural Waste Control Regulation and the Environmental Management Act. If a discrepancy arises between this document and the legislation, the legislation takes precedence. Following this advisory does not relieve anyone from their obligations under the legislation. The Province of British Columbia does not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of the information referenced here from legislation, and in no event is the Province liable or responsible for damages of any kind arising out of its use.

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  • February UPDATE to Manure Spreading Advisory #3 of 2017: South Coast Region

    Date: Feb 2, 2018
    Refer to Manure Spreading Advisory #3 of 2017 (Nov 1, 2017) for the current Advisory: “in general, manure application on any crops is not advised.”

    The following Update does not change the Advisory.

    The T-Sum is one factor used to determine appropriate timing for the first manure application on grass fields. More importantly, however, decisions about the first manure application should consider the overall risks of runoff from the field, not just the state of the grasses. On some but not all fields, conditions will be suitable for manure application before T-Sum reaches 200. On other fields, conditions will not be suitable even after T-Sum reaches 200 (e.g. if fields are still saturated from rains).

    T-Sum values, a sum of daily mean temperatures above 0°C, for the region are listed below and compared with values for the same time last year and the historical average.

    T-Sum as of January 31, 2018

     

    2018

    2017

    Historical Average

    Abbotsford

    132

    60

    86

    Chilliwack

    110

    76

    104

    North Delta

    123

    69

    118

     Watch the T-Sum for your area increase at Farmwest.com.

    Producers are responsible for decisions regarding manure spreading. Legislation gives no specific dates for manure spreading but it does not allow for manure to be spread

    This Update is produced by government, in partnership with industry, to provide guidance to farmers regarding the Agricultural Waste Control Regulation and the Environmental Management Act. If a discrepancy arises between this document and the legislation, the legislation takes precedence. Following this advisory does not relieve anyone from their obligations under the legislation. The Province of British Columbia does not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of the information referenced here from legislation, and in no event is the Province liable or responsible for damages of any kind arising out of its use.in a manner that causes pollution.

    For further information, please contact B.C. Ministry of Agriculture: Jeff Nimmo, P.Ag. 604-556-3109 David Poon, P.Ag. 604-556-3098

    For questions of a regulatory nature, please contact the B.C. Ministry of Environment:
    To report a spill 1-800-663-3456
    To report pollution 1-877-952-7277 

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  • DECEMBER Update to Manure Spreading Advisory #3 of 2017: South Coast Region

    Date: Dec 4, 2017

    Refer to Manure Spreading Advisory #3 of 2017 (Nov 1, 2017) for the current Advisory:

    “in general, manure application on any crops is not advised.”

    The following Update does not change the Advisory.

    During the time of year when manure applications are not advised, thoughts turn to manure storage. Adequate manure storage on the farm allows for manure to be applied when it will provide the best nutrient contribution to crops.

    In most regions of B.C., 180 - 200 days should be considered as a minimum amount of time that manure will need to be stored. To assess your current storage or to support any decision to expand your herd it is helpful to determine a total manure storage capacity. This should consider animal numbers, manure handling, contribution of other waste or water to manure, and the desired storage period.

    The B.C. Ministry of Agriculture has a factsheet “Sizing Dairy Manure Storage Structures” to help determine storage capacity.

    Producers are responsible for decisions regarding manure spreading. Legislation gives no specific dates for manure spreading but it does not allow for manure to be spread in a manner that causes pollution. This Update is produced by government, in partnership with industry, to provide guidance to farmers regarding the Agricultural Waste Control Regulation and the Environmental Management Act. If a discrepancy arises between this document and the legislation, the legislation takes precedence. Following this advisory does not relieve anyone from their obligations under the legislation. The Province of British Columbia does not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of the information referenced here from legislation, and in no event is the Province liable or responsible for damages of any kind arising out of its use.

    For further information, please contact B.C. Ministry of Agriculture: Jeff Nimmo, P.Ag. 604-556-3109 David Poon, P.Ag. 604-556-3098

    For questions of a regulatory nature, please contact the B.C. Ministry of Environment:
    To report a spill 1-800-663-3456
    To report pollution 1-877-952-7277

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  • Manure Spreading Advisory #3 for 2017: South Coast Region

    Date: November 1, 2017

    In general, manure application on any crops is not advised until further notice. See below for advice on avoiding overflowing manure pits.

    • Producers are responsible for decisions regarding manure spreading.  Legislation gives no specific dates for manure spreading, but it does not allow for manure to be spread in a manner that causes pollution.
    • Please read the entire advisory for details and important information to assist producers with decision-making about manure application.

     The Manure Spreading Advisory Committee (consisting of industry and government representatives) is advising against manure applications due to lower air temperatures, the increased potential of significant rain events, and lack of vegetative cover and/or reduced nutrient uptake of cover crops. The committee will monitor weather and soil conditions and will issue further advisories as conditions change.

    Principal environmental risks associated with manure application

    • surface runoff of manure nutrients and pathogens to water courses
    • short-circuit flow of manure nutrients and pathogens to water courses though drain tiles
    • soil compaction from operating heavy equipment on fields that are very wet

    This advisory is produced by government, in partnership with industry, to provide guidance to farmers regarding the Agricultural Waste Control Regulation and the Environmental Management Act. If a discrepancy arises between this document and the legislation, the legislation takes precedence. Following this advisory does not relieve anyone from their obligations under the LEGISLATION. The Province of British Columbia does not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of the information referenced here from legislation, and in no event is the Province liable or responsible for damages of any kind arising out of its use.

     

    For further information, please contact BC Ministry of Agriculture:

    Jeff Nimmo, P.Ag.                         604-556-3109

    David Poon, P.Ag.                         604-556-3098

    For questions of a regulatory nature, please contact the BC Ministry of Environment:

    To report a spill                                1-800-663-3456

    To report pollution                          1-877-952-7277


    Additional Information

     

    Manure Storage

    • Winter manure applications are not recommended. It is essential to have enough manure storage to include the average expected precipitation plus account for unforeseen circumstances such as excessive precipitation.
    • Develop a contingency plan to outline an effective response in case of an emergency. The plan should include identification of abandoned pits and other storage facilities, contact information for vacuum trucks or commercial operators, and easy access to the provincial spill reporting hotline: 1-800-663-3456.

     

    Harvested Annual Crops (including corn and vegetables)

    • Manure applications are not recommended.

     

    Berry crops

    • Manure applications are not recommended.

     

    Perennial Grassland

    • Winter manure applications are not recommended. All measures must be taken to address the chance of overflowing manure storage (see Manure Storage above). If manure storage is not adequate and overflowing might occur please contact one of the BC Ministry of Agriculture staff on the first page.

     

    Additional Resources

    • Agricultural Waste Control Regulation

    This is the legislation that applies to manure management in British Columbia.

    http://www.bclaws.ca/EPLibraries/bclaws_new/document/ID/freeside/10_131_92

    • Canada-BC Environmental Farm Plan Program

    Trained Planning Advisors are available to assist producers with an Environmental Farm Plan. For more information contact the ARDCorp office in Abbotsford.

    ­  toll free 1-866-522-3447 or 604-854-4483 http://www.bcac.bc.ca/ardcorp/program/environmental-farm-plan-program

    ­  BC Environmental Farm Plan Reference Guide provides valuable information related to farm management practices that enhance environmental values

    http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/industry/agriculture-seafood/programs/environmental-programs/environmental-farm-plan

     

    • B.C Good Agricultural Practices (GAP)

    The BC Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) Guide can assist producers to implement food safety practices at the farm. It offers a whole-farm approach covering all aspects of crop and livestock production. Visit http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/industry/agriculture-seafood/food-safety/good-agricultural-practices.

     

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