Update to Manure Spreading Advisory #2 2016: South Coast Region

Date: September 1, 2016

 Refer to Manure Spreading Advisory #2 of 2016 (April 4, 2016) for the current Advisory. The following Update does not change the Advisory.

·      Perennial grasses continue to benefit from fall manure applications when applied to meet crop nutrient needs.

·      When cropping after corn, cover crops or grassland planted after September 1 should not receive manure unless the need for nitrogen has been proven by a soil test. There is usually enough nitrogen remaining in the soil for a cover crop or newly seeded grass.

·      Manure applications on harvested or fallow fields are not recommended unless cover crops are planted and will become well established to uptake nutrients prior to the end of the growing season.

·      As the chances of wet and rainy conditions increase in September, guidelines for setbacks for manure spreading increase from 5 m (as per the current advisory) to 8 m from ditches or watercourses.

·      Plan manure applications to empty storage facilities before the rainy season

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 general information on manure spreading, please contact the BC Ministry of Agriculture:
David Poon, P.Ag 604-556-3098
Jeff Nimmo, P.Ag 604-556-3109

Contact the BC Ministry of Environment: Report a spill 1-800-663-3456

Report activities that are polluting the environment 1-877-952-7277 (Report All Poachers and Polluters RAPP)

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