October UPDATE to Manure Spreading Advisory #3 2014: South Coast Region

October 1, 2014

It is not necessarily a good idea, or acceptable, for you to apply manure on your field just because a neighbour is applying manure. Refer to Manure Spreading Advisory #3 (September 2, 2014) to learn about the field-specific factors to consider before applying manure: Advisory #3

Now is a good time to take another look at some things that could go wrong and address it in your farm’s contingency plan.

  • What is the plan to deal with severe weather (e.g. very wet fall) conditions that prevent manure spreading?
  • What should be done if a manure storage facility reaches capacity in the winter?
  • Who should be called in the case of a manure spill? (hint: 1-800-663-3456)

Remember that field-stored solid agricultural wastes (except vegetation waste) must be covered by October 1.

The next full Advisory, (advising against further manure applications this fall and winter) is expected to be released within the next 4 weeks.

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.

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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