Advisories

  • May UPDATE to Manure Spreading Advisory #2 of 2018: South Coast Region

    Date: May 3, 2018

    Refer to Manure Spreading Advisory #2 of 2018 (April 23, 2018) for the current Advisory.  The following Update does not change the Advisory.  

    From the current Advisory:

    Well planned manure applications are acceptable on most fields that are seeded, will be seeded within two weeks, and/or well-established grasses.”

     The Canada Good Agricultural Practices outline how to apply manure to food crops and minimizes risk from pathogens:

    • Incorporate manure into the soil within 24 hours to minimize contamination to adjacent crops from wind drift or run-off. 
    • Take precautions when using untreated or partially treated manure (for example, aged) on fruits and vegetables that can be consumed raw or with minimal processing. For example:
      • For crops that are not eaten raw or where the manure does not come into contact with the edible part: apply manure when the time between application and harvest is greater than three months.
      • For crops that can be eaten raw and where the manure can come into contact with the edible part: apply manure when the time between application and harvest is greater than four months.
      • In non-fruiting years for perennial crops: apply manure when the application is not in the year of harvest.

     

    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. 

    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

     

     

    This Update is produced by government, in partnership with industry, to provide guidance to farmers regarding the Agricultural Waste Control Regulationand 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.

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  • Manure Spreading Advisory #2 for 2018: South Coast Region

    • Well planned manure applications are acceptable on most fields that are seeded, will be seeded within two weeks, and/or well-established grasses. 
    • Avoid manure applications on wet fields and/or saturated soils.
    • It is the producer’s responsibility to apply manure in a manner that will not create runoff to surface water, to off field locations, and/or leaching below the root zone
    • Do not apply manure prior to significant rain events. 
    • Continue to check your storage areas to ensure you have enough manure storage to hold the average expected precipitation plus account for any potential increased storage circumstances such as excessive precipitation.

    Please read the entire advisory for details and important information to assist in the decision-making process for manure application(s) and storage.

    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 advisory is produced by government, in partnership with industry, to provide guidance to farmers regarding the Agricultural Waste Control Regulationand 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:

    Jeff Nimmo, P.Ag.                         604-556-3109

    David Poon, P.Ag.                         604-556-3098

    For questions of a regulatory nature, please contact the BC Ministry of Environment:

    To report a spill                          1-800-663-3456

    To report pollution                    1-877-952-7277

     

     

     

    Additional Information

    Manure Storage

    • Develop a contingency plan to outline an effective response in case of an emergency. The plan could include identification of nearby abandoned pits, contact information for vacuum trucks, and easy access to the provincial spill reporting hotline. 
    • A review of beneficial management practices (such as those found in the Environmental Farm Plan Reference Guide) may help identify improved management practices to alleviate storage issues.

    Established Grasses

    • Manure may be applied throughout the growing season to meet crop nutrient uptake. 
    • Avoid spreading on wet fields and saturated soils. 
    • Plan manure applications to ensure that storage facilities will be as close to empty as possible by next October. 
    • Do not apply manure within 5 meters or more of wet ditches or watercourses. Increase buffer width to avoid any contaminated runoff based on soil, soil cover conditions, slopes greater than 5%, and sensitivity of the area being protected.

    Berry and Vegetable Crops

    • Do not spread manure on berry fields between flowering and harvest or on vegetable fields after planting.
    • The use of properly composted manure should be considered if food safety issues related to manure applications are a concern and/or if nutrient leaching is a concern in sensitive areas such as unconfined aquifers. 
    • Verify your food safety plan or program requirements prior to manure and/or compost applications.

     Bare Fields and Fields Prior to Planting

    • Manure applications are not recommended unless the field will be seeded within two weeks of manure application. 

     Additional Resources

     

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  • April UPDATE to Manure Spreading Advisory #1 of 2018: South Coast Region

    Refer to Manure Spreading Advisory #1 of 2018 (Mar 16, 2018) for the current Advisory
     
    From the current Advisory:
    “It is acceptable to apply manure on established grasses, fields being seeded within two weeks of application, and berry fields IF:
    • Expected precipitation and manure applications will NOT create nutrient or pathogen runoff to surface water (by overland flow or through tile drains)*
    • T-Sum value in your area is greater than 200,
    • Soil temperature is greater than 5°C, and
    • Crop is actively growing (for established crops only)”
     
    Manure provides valuable nutrients for crops, but only if it stays in the field.  
    • Check the weather before spreading to ensure there is not increased risk of runoff.
    • If the forecast calls for more than 12 mm of rain in the 3 days following application, the risk of runoff over land or transport of the applied manure through drainage tiles is increased.
     

    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.

     

    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

    This Update is produced by government, in partnership with industry, to provide guidance to farmers regarding the Agricultural Waste Control Regulationand 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.

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  • Manure Spreading Advisory #1 for 2018: South Coast Region

    Date: March 16, 2018

    • It is acceptable to apply manure on established grasses, fields being seeded within two weeks of application, and berry fields IF:
      • Expected precipitation and manure applications will NOT create nutrient or pathogen runoff to surface water (by overland flow or through tile drains)*
      • T-Sum value in your area is greater than 200,
      • Soil temperature is greater than 5oC, and
      • Crop is actively growing (for established crops only)

    * In general, runoff risks are greatest on areas with finer-textured or muck/peat soils, ponded or wet soils that would be compacted by traffic, high water tables (2 feet or less below the surface), or depressions or swales that drain to water courses.

    • Please continue to check you have enough manure storage to hold the average expected precipitation plus any excessive precipitation.
    • Field-stored solid agricultural wastes (except agricultural vegetation waste) MUST be COVERED from October 1 to April 1, inclusive.

    Please read the entire advisory for details and important information.

    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 advisory 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:

    Jeff Nimmo, P.Ag.                         604-556-3109

    David Poon, P.Ag.                         604-556-3098

    For questions of a regulatory nature, please contact the BC Ministry of Environment:

    To report a spill                               1-800-663-3456

    To report pollution                         1-877-952-7277

     

    Additional Information

    Manure Storage

    • Develop a contingency plan to outline an effective response in case of an emergency. The plan could include identification of nearby abandoned pits, contact information for vacuum trucks, and easy access to the provincial spill reporting hotline.
    • A review of beneficial management practices (such as those found in the Environmental Farm Plan Reference Guide) may help identify improved management practices to alleviate storage issues.

    Established Grasses and Fields Prior to Planting

    • Manure may be applied to established grasses if all the following apply:
    1. T-Sum value in your area if greater than 200 (see http://www.farmwest.com/climate/tsum);
    2. Soil temperature is greater than 5oC measured at a soil depth of 10 cm;
    3. Grass is actively growing or;
    4. A minimum buffer width of 5 meters (16 feet) is maintained between the application area and sensitive areas and watercourses including ditches;
    5. Less than 10 mm of accumulated precipitation is expected for the 5 days following application; and
    6. The field is not frozen or saturated; subject to flooding or runoff; and is not tile drained with the potential for manure to leave the farm.

    Berry crops

    • Manure may be applied in late February but it is recommended you confirm from your food safety plan or program to determine the time requirement between manure application and crop harvest.
    • The use of properly composted manure should be considered if food safety issues related to manure applications are a concern and/or if nutrient leaching is a concern in sensitive areas such as unconfined aquifers.

    Additional Resources

    This is the actual legislation that applies to manure management in British Columbia.

     

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