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April UPDATE to Manure Spreading Advisory #2 2014: South Coast Region

Continue to refer to Manure Spreading Advisory #2 (March 10, 2014). Do you know the nutrient content of your manure? You can find a lab that will analyze your farm’s manure for total nutrient contents that will vary somewhat from the averages (Table 1). Find a list of laboratories here: http://goo.gl/ntuZqP A fraction of the total nutrients has fertilizer value in the year of application, particularly in the case of nitrogen. Another fraction has fertilizer value in subsequent years. For general information about how large the fractions are, see Question 4 in the Q & A document here (http://goo.gl/rqdEjz).

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B.C. animal health centre expertise endorsed

British Columbia’s state-of-the-art animal health lab in Abbotsford has received accreditation from an international organization that recognizes B.C. and the lab’s excellence in veterinary diagnostic testing, Agriculture Minister Pat Pimm announced today.

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Manure Spreading Advisory #2 for 2014: South Coast Region

Well-planned manner 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. 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 to assist in the decision-making process for manure application(s) and storage.

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March UPDATE to Manure Spreading Advisory #1 2014: South Coast Region

In general, manure application is not advised this week. Cold temperatures and snow or rain over the past weekend have delayed the start of acceptable conditions for manure spreading in most parts of the South Coast. Without adequate drainage, finer-textured soils (e.g. clays and loams) are more likely to be wet, have surface runoff, warm up slowly, and be compacted than coarse-textured (sandy) soils, if all else is the same. Expect the next Manure Spreading Advisory to be released next week when weather and soil conditions improve.

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Manure Spreading Advisory #1 for 2014: South Coast Region

It is acceptable to apply manure on established grasses, fields being seeded within two weeks of application, and berry fields if: T-Sum value in your area is 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 nutrient runoff to surface water or leaching below the root zone. 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. Check the Farmwest T-Sum to find the current T-sum value for your location. Please read the entire advisory for details and important information to assist in the decision-making process for manure application and storage.

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Follow your T-Sum Value on Farmwest

T-Sum is a method to determine when to make the first application of nitrogen fertilizer in spring. The 'T-Sum' value is the accumulated mean daily temperatures (in °C) above zero, starting on January 1 (below-zero temperatures are ignored). For example, if the mean daily temperatures for a 5-day period were 6, 3, 0, 1, and -4°C, the 'T-Sum' total is 10. The 'T-Sum' concept assumes that rate of spring growth is related to accumulated mean temperature. Select the T-Sum calculator on the top corner of the Farmwest homepage to view the T-sum graph of your area.

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January UPDATE to Manure Spreading Advisory

In general, manure application is not advised until further notice. See Advisory #4 (Nov 4, 2013) for recommendations concerning management practices. The T-Sum is one consideration for deciding when new manure spreading advisories get released. However, because weather conditions vary from place to place, so does T-Sum and how quickly it increases. More information about the T-Sum can be found here: http://www.farmwest.com/climate/tsum

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Locally Produced Craft Beer, Wine, Cider and Spirits for Sale at BC Farmers' Markets

The British Columbia Association of Farmers' Markets (BCAFM) is pleased to announce that in the near future, locally produced craft beer, wine, cider and spirits will be allowed for sale at BC Farmers' Markets.

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December UPDATE to Manure Spreading Advisory #4

Re: Update to Manure Spreading Advisory #4 2013: South Coast Region December 2, 2013

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MANURE SPREADING ADVISORY #4 2013: South Coast Region

In general, manure application on any crops is not advised until further notice. See below for advice on avoiding overflowing manure pits. Grasses grew for a long period this year as they took up nitrogen (N) from past manure applications. This is because of delay between N release from manure into the soil and crop N uptake from soil. The delay from the slow-release or ‘organic’ portions of manure N lasts days, weeks, and years. Waiting till next year to spread will increase the nutrient value of the manure for your crop. 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.

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