Advisories

  • December UPDATE to Manure Spreading Advisory #4

    South Coast Region Date: December 1, 2014

    In general, manure application on any crops is not advised.

    Update your bookmarks: current and previous manure spreading releases (Advisories and Updates) are moving to a new BC Government webpage: http://bit.ly/1vPuMO7. For the next few months, the previous webpage will also work or redirect you to the new page. In addition, you can find the releases at www.farmwest.com and get them by subscribing to a mailing list* or by following BC Nutrient Manager (@BC_Agriculture) on Twitter.

    *Send an email to David.Poon@gov.bc.ca if you want to be included on the Ministry of Agriculture’s mailing list. Producer groups may also have their own mailing lists.

    Note: There was a typo in the November 3 Update. Whereas it was written that the next Advisory, expected to be released in 2015, would be “advising against further manure applications this fall and winter,” it should have been written that the next Advisory would be providing advice on careful manure application as conditions for manure spreading improve on some fields.

    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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  • 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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  • August UPDATE to Manure Spreading Advisory #2 2014: South Coast Region

    Date: August 1, 2014

    • Plan ahead: There’s less risk of manure or nutrient loss with 2 light manure applications (1 now, 1 later) than with 1 heavy application closer to the rainy season.
    • Manure Spreading Advisory #2 (March 10, 2014) is still current: Adivsory #2

    July’s Update was about the imbalance of nitrogen (N) to phosphorus (P) in manure relative to crop requirements. One strategy to address the imbalance is to use mineral N fertilizer to fulfill part of the crop requirement. Advantages of mineral N fertilizer over manure include:

      • Particularly in cool and wet years, the N release from mineral fertilizer is more reliable
      • Application is more even, ensuring all parts of a field receive enough N
      • Unnecessary P additions can be avoided for soils with high amounts of soil test P

    But if manure application is reduced, where would the unused manure go?
    Scientists at Agassiz, BC have been looking at ways to answer this and better use the N and P in dairy manure (while reducing the need for starter phosphorus fertilizer).

    VIDEO: Making the most of dairy slurry: the dual manure stream concept (24 minutes) http://goo.gl/Xv3hDj

     Evaluation of the concept on commercial farms is still in the early stages. Stay tuned.

    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 more information, 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, contact BC Ministry of Environment
    George Rushworth, P.Ag 604-582-5211

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  • July UPDATE to Manure Spreading Advisory #2 2014: South Coast Region

    July 2, 2014

    Continue to refer to Manure Spreading Advisory #2 (March 10, 2014) for managing risks with manure spreading:  http://www.farmwest.com/node/1342

     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 more information, 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, contact BC Ministry of Environment:
    George Rushworth, P.Ag 604-582-5211

    Assumptions about Manure Nutrient Contents

    The following nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P) concentrations were used to estimate the amount of P for every 100 kg total N in 3 manure types: Manure Type Total N (%, as received) Total P (%, as received) N : P ratio Liquid dairy (quite watery) 0.20 0.04 5.0 : 1 Broiler chicken 3.47 1.09 3.2 : 1 Hog (covered pit) 0.63 0.14 4.5 : 1

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