Advisories

  • JANUARY Update to Manure Spreading Advisory #5 2012: South Coast Region

    Date: January 2, 2013

    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.

    • Field stored solid agricultural wastes (except agricultural vegetation waste) MUST be COVERED from October 1 to April 1, inclusive.
    • Manure applications are not recommended at this time, on any crop.
    • Significant rain events are likely to continue. Near to above average rain in fall and early winter 2012 has resulted in saturated or near saturated soil conditions over most of the South Coast Region.
    • It is prudent to check your storage areas frequently to ensure you have enough manure storage that will 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 nearby abandoned pits, contact information for vacuum trucks, and the 24-hour provincial environmental emergency incident reporting hotline (1-800-663-3456)

     

    The Manure Spreading Advisory Committee (consisting of industry and government representatives) is advising against manure applications due to lower temperatures, excessive 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.

    For further information, please contact:
    BC Ministry of Agriculture
    Geoff Hughes-Games, P.Ag 604-556-3102 or Lolita Aumuller, A.Ag 604-556-3098

    For questions of a regulatory nature:
    BC Ministry of Environment
    George Rushworth, P.Ag 604-582-5211  or  Trevor Hamelin, AScT 604 582-5275

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  • DECEMBER Update to Manure Spreading Advisory #5: south coast region

    Update to Manure Spreading Advisory #5 2012: South Coast Region

    Date: December 3, 2012

    • Field stored solid agricultural wastes (except agricultural vegetation waste) MUST be COVERED from October 1 to April 1, inclusive.
    • Manure applications are not recommended at this time, on any crop.
    • Significant rain events are likely to continue. Above average rainfall in October and November has resulted in saturated or near saturated soil conditions over most of the South Coast Region.

    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. The Manure Spreading Advisory Committee (consisting of industry and government representatives) is advising against manure applications due to lower temperatures, excessive 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.

    For further information, please contact:
    BC Ministry of Agriculture
    Geoff Hughes-Games, P.Ag 604-556-3102
    Lolita Aumuller, A.Ag 604-556-3098

    For questions of a regulatory nature:
    BC Ministry of Environment
    George Rushworth, P.Ag 604-582-5211
    Trevor Hamelin, AScT 604 582-5275

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  • NOVEMBER Update to Manure Spreading Advisory #5

    Update to Manure Spreading Advisory #5 2012: South Coast Region

    Date: November 1, 2012

    ·      Field stored solid agricultural wastes (except agricultural vegetation waste) MUST be COVERED from October 1 to April 1, inclusive.

    ·      Manure applications are not recommended on any crop, except well established perennial grasses, due to the extreme risk to surface and/or ground water.

    ·      Manure may be applied to well established perennial grasses if ALL the following apply:

    1.    grass is actively growing (mean daily air temperature is above 5oC);

    2.    less than 10 mm of rain is forecast for the 5 days following application;

    3.    soil is: trafficable, not saturated, not frozen, and not subject to flooding or runoff;

    4.    the field is not tile drained; and

    5.    only a light application is needed to meet the crop’s nutrient needs.

    ·      Significant rain events are likely. Please take your local weather forecast into consideration before applying manure.

    ·      At this time of year, it is recommended that manure not be spread within 10 meters of ditches or watercourses.

    ·      Consider wind speed and direction when applying manure and how it may have a negative impact on your neighbours. Strong winds can also increase ammonia loss and soil loss through erosion.

     

    See Manure Spreading Advisory #5 – 2012 for more details and important information regarding manure applications.

    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.

    The Manure Spreading Advisory Committee (consisting of industry and government representatives) is advising against manure applications due to lower temperatures, excessive 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.

    For further information, please contact:
    BC Ministry of Agriculture
    Geoff Hughes-Games, P.Ag 604-556-3102
    Lolita Aumuller, A.Ag at 604-556-3098

    For questions of a regulatory nature:
    BC Ministry of Environment George Rushworth, P.Ag 604-582-5211
    Trevor Hamelin, AScT 604 582-5275

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  • Manure Spreading Advisory #5 2012: South Coast Region

    Date: October 12, 2012

    • Field stored solid agricultural wastes (except agricultural vegetation waste) MUST be COVERED from October 1 to April 1, inclusive.
    • A high risk of significant rainfall events is likely. Please take your local weather forecast into consideration before applying manure.
    • Manure applications are not recommended on any crop, except well established perennial grasses, due to the extreme risk to surface and/or ground water.
    • Manure may be applied to perennial grasses if:
      • grass is actively growing (mean daily air temperature is above 5oC),
      • soil is trafficable, with NO significant rain forecast for the 5 days following application, and
      • only a light manure application is provided, to meet the crops nutrient needs.
    • At this time of year, it is recommended that manure not be spread within 10 meters of ditches or watercourses.
    • Consider wind speed and direction when applying manure and how it may have a negative impact on your neighbours. Strong winds can also increase ammonia loss and soil loss through erosion.

    Please read the entire advisory for details and important information regarding manure applications.

    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.

    The Manure Spreading Advisory Committee (consisting of industry and government representatives) is advising against manure applications due to lowering 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.

    For further information, please contact:
    BC Ministry of Agriculture
    Geoff Hughes-Games, P.Ag 604-556-3102
    Lolita Aumuller, A.Ag 604-556-3098

    For questions of a regulatory nature:
    BC Ministry of Environment
    George Rushworth, P.Ag 604-582-5211
    Trevor Hamelin, AScT 604 582-5275

    Additional Information

    Manure Storage

    • Winter manure applications are not recommended. It is prudent 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 nearby abandoned pits, contact information for vacuum trucks, and easy access to the provincial spill reporting hotline.

    Harvested Annual Crops (including corn and vegetables)

    • Manure applications are not recommended.

    Berry crops

    • Manure applications are not recommended.

    Perennial Grassland

    • Manure applications are only recommended on perennial grasses if the grasses are actively growing (mean daily temperatures greater than 5oC), fields are trafficable, and precipitation does not create runoff or leaching.
    • Application rates should meet crop nutrient requirements. The maximum suggested rate of application is 60 kg/ha of manure nitrogen which is approximately 2,000 gallons/acre of liquid dairy manure. Analyzing a manure sample for nutrient content is recommended.
    • Appropriate buffer widths should be maintained to minimize runoff risks.
    • Do not apply manure to fields that are saturated, frozen, or subject to flooding or runoff.
    • Apply manure only when soil is trafficable.
    • Do not apply manure to tile-drained fields if water is currently flowing through the drain tiles.

    Additional Resources

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  • OCTOBER Update to Manure Spreading Advisory #4

    Update to Manure Spreading Advisory #4 2012: South Coast Region Date: October 1, 2012

    • Field stored solid agricultural wastes (except agricultural vegetation waste) MUST be COVERED from October 1 to April 1, inclusive.
    • Perennial grasses may continue to benefit from light fall manure applications while daily mean temperatures remain above 5oC.
    • Please take your local weather forecast into consideration before applying manure.
    • Establishing a cover crop on harvested or fallow fields is recommended to reduce soil erosion and to take up nutrients remaining in the soil.
    • October seeded cover crops will not likely become well established enough to take up a significant amount of added nutrients. Therefore, applying manure on these fields is not recommended.
    • Manure application on non-vegetated fields is not recommended
    • At this time of year, it is recommended that manure application on perennial grass not be applied within 8 meters of ditches or watercourses.
    • Consider wind speed and direction when applying manure. These parameters can blow particles of manure and carry odours to neighbouring properties.

     This manure spreading advisory 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.

    The Manure Spreading Advisory Committee (consisting of industry and government representatives) is advising careful manure application on some sites. The committee will monitor weather and soil conditions and will issue further advisories as conditions change.

    For further information, please contact:
    BC Ministry of Agriculture
    Geoff Hughes-Games, P.Ag 604-556-3102
    Lolita Aumuller, A.Ag 604-556-3098

    For questions of a regulatory nature:
    BC Ministry of Environment
    George Rushworth, P.Ag 604-582-5211
    Trevor Hamelin, AScT 604 582-5275

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  • Manure Spreading Advisory #4

    Manure Spreading Advisory #4 2012: South Coast Region
    Date: September 6, 2012

    • Perennial grasses continue to benefit from fall manure applications.
    • Nutrient requirements for cover crops and newly seeded grasses should be based on a soil test. Residual nutrients from the summer crop may be present in the soil and in sufficient quantity to support the winter cover.
    • Manure applications on harvested or fallow fields are not recommended unless cover crops are planted and will become well established to uptake nutrients prior to the end of the growing season.
    • At this time of year, it is recommended that manure not be spread within 8 meters of ditches or watercourses.
    • Consider wind speed and direction when applying manure and how it can have a negative impact on your neighbors. The wind can also increase ammonia loss and soil loss through erosion.
    • Reminder that field stored solid agricultural wastes (except vegetation waste) must be covered by October 1.

    Please read the entire advisory for details and important information regarding manure applications.

    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.

    The Manure Spreading Advisory Committee (consisting of industry and government representatives) is advising careful manure application on some sites. The committee will monitor weather and soil conditions and will issue further advisories as conditions change.

    For further information, please contact:
    BC Ministry of Agriculture
    Geoff Hughes-Games, P.Ag 604-556-3102 Lolita Aumuller, A.Ag 604-556-3098

    For questions of a regulatory nature:
    BC Ministry of Environment George Rushworth, P.Ag 604-582-5211 Trevor Hamelin, AScT 604 582-5275

    Additional Information

    Manure Storage

    • Winter manure applications are not recommended. It is prudent to have enough manure storage to include the average expected precipitation plus account for unforeseen circumstances such as excessive precipitation.
    • Plan manure applications to empty storage facilities before the rainy season.
    • Develop a contingency plan now to outline an effective response in case of an emergency. The plan could include identification of nearby abandoned pits, contact information for vacuum trucks, easy access to the provincial spill reporting hotline.

    Harvested Annual Crops (including corn and vegetables)

    • Manure application should only be considered if a fall soil test shows the need for fertilizer and a winter cover crop has been or will be planted within two weeks. The cover crop should be planted in a timely manner such that it becomes well established prior to the end of the growing season.
    • As the days get shorter and colder, cover crops are less able to take up nutrients. Also, as fall rains arrive, the risk of nutrient runoff and leaching increases.

    Perennial Grassland

    • Manure application on perennial grasses is usually appropriate until the end of October as long as crop growth and warmer weather patterns (greater than 5oC) continue; fields are trafficable; and precipitation does not create runoff.
    • Application rates should meet crop nutrient requirements.
    • Appropriate buffer widths should be maintained to minimize runoff risks.

    Berry crops

    • Fall manure applications for berry crops is not necessary or recommended.
    • If manure is used on fields that are being renovated for new plantings, a cover crop should also be planted. The cover crop should be planted in a timely manner such that it becomes well established prior to the end of the growing season. Consider the recommendations made for raspberries in the Berry Production Guide, http://productionguide.agrifoodbc.ca/guides/14

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  • AUGUST Update to Manure Spreading Advisory #3

    UPDATE to Manure Spreading Advisory #3 2012: South Coast Region Date: August 1, 2012

    The following 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.

    Check your local weather forecast and field conditions when planning to spread and refer to Manure Spreading Advisory #3 (April 2, 2012) for details. Advisories and Updates can be found online at: http://www.agf.gov.bc.ca/resmgmt/ManureAdvisory/index.htm, http://www.farmwest.com/advisories, and http://bcmilkproducers.ca//events/details/manure_spreading_advisory_21.

    It is recommended that manure not be spread within a minimum of 3 meters from dry ditches and watercourses or 5 meters from wet ditches and watercourses during the summer months. If possible, please consider wind speed and direction when applying manure and how it can penetrate into the air and buildings having a negative impact on your neighbors. The wind can also increase ammonia loss and soil loss through erosion.

    Manure is an excellent fertilizer source if managed properly. Plan manure use throughout the growing season to meet crop nutrient uptake patterns and to keep pits empty before the start of the rainy season. Consider the corn and grass growth curves on pages 25 and 26 of the Nutrient Management Reference Guide at http://www.agf.gov.bc.ca/resmgmt/EnviroFarmPlanning/EFP_Nutrient_Guide/N....

    Also, to avoid food safety concerns, do not spread manure on vegetable fields after planting.

    Need assistance with irrigation scheduling? Check out the Agricultural Irrigation Scheduling Calculator at http://www.irrigationbc.com/  (sign-up required). Irrigating at the right time and in the right amount can save you money in water and fertilizer costs.

    For further information, please contact:
    BC Ministry of Agriculture
    Geoff Hughes-Games, PAg 604-556-3102
    Lolita Aumuller, AAg 604-556-3098

    For questions of a regulatory nature:
    BC Ministry of Environment
    George Rushworth, PAg 604-582-5211
    Trevor Hamelin, AScT 604 582-5275

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  • JULY Update to Manure Spreading Advisory #3 2012: South Coast Region

    Date: July 3, 2012

    The following 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.

    Check your local weather forecast and field conditions when planning to spread and refer to Manure Spreading Advisory #3 (April 2, 2012) for details. Applying manure 5 days before significant rainfall events is not recommended.

    It is recommended that manure not be spread within a minimum of 3 meters from dry ditches and watercourses or 5 meters from wet ditches and watercourses during the summer months.

    Manure is an excellent fertilizer source if managed properly. Plan manure use throughout the growing season to meet crop nutrient uptake patterns and to keep pits empty before the start of the rainy season. Consider the corn and grass growth curves on pages 25 and 26 of the Nutrient Management Reference Guide at http://www.agf.gov.bc.ca/resmgmt/EnviroFarmPlanning/EFP_Nutrient_Guide/N....

    Advisories and Updates can be found online at: http://www.agf.gov.bc.ca/resmgmt/ManureAdvisory/index.htm, http://www.farmwest.com/advisories, and http://bcmilkproducers.ca//events/details/manure_spreading_advisory_21.

    Also, to avoid food safety concerns, do not spread manure on berry fields between flowering and harvest or on vegetable fields after planting.

    Need assistance with irrigation scheduling? Check out the Agricultural Irrigation Scheduling Calculator at http://www.irrigationbc.com/ (sign-up required).

    Irrigating at the right time and in the right amount can save you money in water and fertilizer costs.

    For further information, please contact:
    BC Ministry of Agriculture Geoff Hughes-Games, PAg 604-556-3102
    Lolita Aumuller, AAg 604-556-3098

    For questions of a regulatory nature:
    BC Ministry of Environment George Rushworth, PAg 604-582-5211
    Trevor Hamelin, AScT 604 582-5275

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  • JUNE Update to Manure Spreading Advisory #3 2012: South Coast Region

    Date: June 1, 2012

    The following 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.

    Need assistance with irrigation scheduling? Check out the Agricultural Irrigation Scheduling Calculator at http://www.irrigationbc.com/ (sign-up required). Irrigating at the right time and in the right amount can save you money in water and fertilizer costs.

    For further information, please contact: BC Ministry of Agriculture
    Geoff Hughes-Games, PAg 604-556-3102
    Lolita Aumuller, AAg 604-556-3098

    For questions of a regulatory nature: BC Ministry of Environment
    George Rushworth, PAg 604-582-5211
    Trevor Hamelin, AScT 604 582-5275

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  • MAY Update to Manure Spreading Advisory #3

     Date: May 1, 2012

     

    The following 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.

     

     

    Check your local weather forecast and field conditions when planning to spread and refer to Manure Spreading Advisory #3 (April 2, 2012) for details. Advisories and Updates can be found online at: www.agf.gov.bc.ca, www.farmwest.com, and bcmilkproducers.ca.

               

    Manure is an excellent fertilizer source if management properly. Plan manure use throughout the growing season to meet crop nutrient uptake patterns and to keep pits empty before the start of the rainy season. Have a look at the corn and grass growth curves on pages 25 and 26 of the Nutrient Management Reference Guide at http://www.agf.gov.bc.ca/resmgmt/EnviroFarmPlanning

     

    It is recommended that manure not be spread within a minimum of 3 meters from dry ditches and watercourses or 5 meters from wet ditches and watercourses during the summer months.

     

    Also, to avoid food safety concerns, do not spread manure on berry fields between flowering and harvest or on vegetable fields after planting.

     

    **The Berry Production Guide is now online at: http://productionguide.agrifoodbc.ca/

    Please note that the April 2, 2012 Manure Spreading Advisory listed an incorrect link.

     

    For further information, please contact:

    BC Ministry of Agriculture

    Geoff Hughes-Games, PAg        604-556-3102

    Lolita Aumuller, AAg                     604-556-3098

     

    For questions of a regulatory nature:

    BC Ministry of Environment

    George Rushworth, PAg              604-582-5211

    Trevor Hamelin, AScT                 604 582-5275

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