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Pig manure pavement glue pays off for swine producers

Pig manure can be turned into an adhesive for use in asphalt as a replacement for petroleum-based products. Swine producers can benefit when they dispose of their manure with the engineers who developed the adhesive technology. Bio-Adhesive Alliance is approximately six month from having the first batch of mass-produced adhesive ready for use, said Elham Fini of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Ultimately, the process ends up a win-win for farmers.

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Manure Spreading Advisory #2 for 2016: South Coast Region

* Well-planned manure applications are acceptable on most fields that are seeded, will be seeded within two weeks, or have well-established grasses. * Do not apply manure prior to significant rain events to avoid nutrient runoff and leaching. Please check your local weather forecast and see the next page for more information. * Avoid manure applications on wet areas or saturated soils. Some fields will dry more quickly than others. * Please continue to check you have enough manure storage to hold the average expected precipitation plus any excessive precipitation.

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Manure Spreading Advisory #1 for 2016: South Coast Region

It is acceptable to apply manure on some fields but not others. It is acceptable to apply manure on established grasses, fields being seeded within two weeks of application, and berry fields if: Expected precipitation and manure applications will NOT create nutrient or pathogen runoff to surface water (by overland flow or through tile drains)* T-Sum value in your area is greater than 200, Soil temperature is greater than 5oC, and Crop is actively growing (for established crops only) *In general, runoff risks are greatest on areas with finer-textured or muck/peat soils, ponded or wet soils that would be compacted by traffic, high water tables (2 feet or less below the surface), or depressions or swales that drain to water courses. Please continue to check you have enough manure storage to hold the average expected precipitation plus any excessive precipitation. Field-stored solid agricultural wastes (except agricultural vegetation waste) MUST be COVERED from October 1 to April 1, inclusive. Please read the entire advisory for details and important information.

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Lower Mainland Growers see more Spotted Wing Drosophila

by Ronda Payne February 16, 2016

Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) has been harassing Lower Mainland berry growers for five years and Tracy Hueppelsheuser, entomologist, Plant and Animal Health Branch with the BC Ministry of Agriculture, noted that 2015 was an even more exceptional year for the persistent pest.

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February UPDATE to Manure Spreading Advisory #4 2015: South Coast Region

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)

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January UPDATE to Manure Spreading Advisory #4 2015: South Coast Region

Date: January 4, 2016

Refer to Manure Spreading Advisory #4 of 2015 (November 2, 2015) for the current Advisory: “in general, manure application on any crops is not advised.”

Reminder

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

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Seed Company Brochures

Seed company brochures, forage seed product guides, corn guides, corn prices and turf seed product guides are listed here.
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December UPDATE to Manure Spreading Advisory #4

 Refer to Manure Spreading Advisory #4 of 2015 (November 2, 2015) for the current Advisory: “in general, manure application on any crops is not advised.”

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Manure Spreading Advisory #4 2015: South Coast Region

In general, manure application on any crops is not advised. See below for advice on avoiding overflowing manure pits. What is the concern with spreading manure now? Although a manure application now, under the most favourable conditions, may lead to a growth spurt of grass (Fig. 1), most of the nitrogen in manure that would be spread now will be leached and lost from the soil during the cold, rainy season, before the grass can use it (Fig. 2). Advice: don’t just feed the microbes, feed the crop by waiting to apply manure.

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October UPDATE to Manure Spreading Advisory #3 2015: South Coast Region

Refer to Manure Spreading Advisory #3 of 2015 (September 1, 2015) for the current Advisory.  The following Update does not change the Advisory.

“Manure application on perennial grasses is usually appropriate as long as crop growth and warmer weather patterns (greater than 5°C) continue; fields are trafficable; and precipitation does not create runoff” (Manure Spreading Advisory #3 of 2015).

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