Advisories

  • Manure Spreading Advisory #1 for 2017: South Coast Region

    Effective April 3, 2017

    It is acceptable to apply manure on established grasses, fields being seeded within two weeks of application, and berry fields if: ­

    • T-Sum values are greater than 200, ­
    • Soil temperature is greater than 5oC, ­
    • Crop is actively growing (for established crops only), and ­
    • Expected precipitation and manure applications will not create runoff to surface water, to off field locations, and/or leaching below the root zone. Please check your local weather forecast and see next page for more information.


    Please continue to check your storage areas to ensure you have enough manure storage to hold the average expected precipitation plus account for any potential increased storage circumstances such as excessive precipitation.

    Please read the entire advisory for details and important information to assist in the decision-making process for manure application(s) and storage.

    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 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

    • Develop a contingency plan to outline an effective response in case of an emergency. The plan could include identification of nearby abandoned pits, contact information for vacuum trucks, and easy access to the provincial spill reporting hotline.
    • A review of beneficial management practices (such as those found in the Environmental Farm Plan Reference Guide) may help identify improved management practices to alleviate storage issues.

    Established Grasses and Fields Prior to Planting

    • Manure may be applied to established grasses if all the following apply:

    1.   T-Sum value in your area if greater than 200 (see http://www.farmwest.com/climate/tsum);

    2.   Soil temperature is greater than 5oC measured at a soil depth of 10 cm;

    3.   Grass is actively growing or;

    4.   A minimum buffer width of 5 meters (16 feet) is maintained between the application area and sensitive areas and watercourses including ditches;

    5.   Less than 10 mm of accumulated precipitation is expected for the 5 days following application; and

    6.   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.

    Berry crops

    • Manure may be applied in late February but it is recommended you confirm from your food safety plan or program to determine the time requirement between manure application and crop harvest.
    • The use of properly composted manure should be considered if food safety issues related to manure applications are a concern and/or if nutrient leaching is a concern in sensitive areas such as unconfined aquifers.

     

    Additional Resources

    ·      Agricultural Waste Control Regulation   -  This is the actual legislation that applies to manure management in British Columbia.

    ·      Environmental Farm Plan Reference Guide (Canada-BC EFP Program)

    ·      Nutrient Management Reference Guide (Canada-BC EFP Program)

    ·      Ammonia Loss from Manure interactive tool at: http://www.farmwest.com/climate/ammonia

     

     

     

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  • March UPDATE to Manure Spreading Advisory #4 of 2016: South Coast Region

    Refer to Manure Spreading Advisory #4 of 2016 (November 7, 2016) for the current Advisory: “in general, manure application on any crops is not advised.”

    Soils remain wet throughout the Fraser Valley. Manure application on wet or frozen ground followed by significant precipitation would present a very high risk of pollution occurring from runoff.

    The continued cold weather in the Fraser Valley means established grass fields will take longer than previous years to benefit from manure spreading. Watch the T-Sum, a sum of daily mean temperatures above 0°C, for your area increase at Farmwest.com. 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).

    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.

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  • February UPDATE to Manure Spreading Advisory #4 of 2016: South Coast Region

    Date: February 1, 2017

    Refer to Manure Spreading Advisory #4 of 2016 (November 7, 2016) for the current Advisory: “in general, manure application on any crops is not advised.”

    T-Sum values, a sum of daily mean temperatures above 0°C, for the region are listed below. With a colder than average winter, values are lower than last year and the historical average. It will likely take longer than previous years for established grass fields to benefit from manure spreading.

    T-Sum as of January 30, 2017

          2017          2016     Historical Average     
    Abbotsford          6012087
    Chilliwack          7677106
    North Delta          69131120

     

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

    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 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

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  • Manure Spreading Advisory #4 2016: South Coast Region

    November 7, 2016

     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 informationt 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

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