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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