January UPDATE to Manure Spreading Advisory

Update to Manure Spreading Advisory #4 2013: South Coast Region
Date: January 7, 2014

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.

    • 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 (Table 1).

 

Table 1. Historic T-Sum values on February 1 in BC South Coast locations.
More information about the T-Sum can be found here: http://www.farmwest.com/climate/tsum  

Weather station

2013

Long-term average

Abbotsford

83

84

Agassiz

94

93

Comox

98

115

N. Cowichan

92

113

N. Delta

67

122

 

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
David Poon, P.Ag 604-556-3098
Geoff Hughes-Games, P.Ag 604-556-3102

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

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