DECEMBER Update to Manure Spreading Advisory #3 of 2017: South Coast Region

Date: Dec 4, 2017

Refer to Manure Spreading Advisory #3 of 2017 (Nov 1, 2017) for the current Advisory:

“in general, manure application on any crops is not advised.”

The following Update does not change the Advisory.

During the time of year when manure applications are not advised, thoughts turn to manure storage. Adequate manure storage on the farm allows for manure to be applied when it will provide the best nutrient contribution to crops.

In most regions of B.C., 180 - 200 days should be considered as a minimum amount of time that manure will need to be stored. To assess your current storage or to support any decision to expand your herd it is helpful to determine a total manure storage capacity. This should consider animal numbers, manure handling, contribution of other waste or water to manure, and the desired storage period.

The B.C. Ministry of Agriculture has a factsheet “Sizing Dairy Manure Storage Structures” to help determine storage capacity.

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 B.C. Ministry of Agriculture: Jeff Nimmo, P.Ag. 604-556-3109 David Poon, P.Ag. 604-556-3098

For questions of a regulatory nature, please contact the B.C. Ministry of Environment:
To report a spill 1-800-663-3456
To report pollution 1-877-952-7277

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