Advisories

  • June UPDATE to Manure Spreading Advisory #2

    Update to Manure Spreading Advisory #2 2013: South Coast Region Date: JUNE 3, 2013

     

    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
    Geoff Hughes-Games, P.Ag 604-556-3102
    Lolita Aumuller, P.Ag 604-556-3098

    For questions of a regulatory nature: BC Ministry of Environment
    George Rushworth, P.Ag 604-582-5211
    Trevor Hamelin, AScT 604 582-5275

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  • May UPDATE to Manure Spreading Advisory #2

    Update to Manure Spreading Advisory #2 2013: South Coast Region
    Date: MAY 1, 2013

      • Well planned manure applications are acceptable on most fields that are seeded, will be seeded within two weeks, and/or well-established grasses.
      • It is recommended that you plan manure applications to meet the crop nutrient requirements throughout the growing season and ensure storage facilities are as close to empty as possible by next fall.
      • 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 or on wet or saturated fields.
      • Maintain a minimum buffer distance of 5 meters from wet watercourses and ditches or 3 meters from dry watercourses and ditches during summer.

    Refer to Manure Spreading Advisory #2 (released April 2, 2013) for more 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 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
    Geoff Hughes-Games, P.Ag 604-556-3102
    Lolita Aumuller, A.Ag 604-556-3098

    For questions of a regulatory nature: BC Ministry of Environment
    George Rushworth, P.Ag 604-582-5211
    Trevor Hamelin, AScT 604 582-5275

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  • Manure Spreading Advisory #2 for 2013: South Coast Region

    Date: April 2, 2013

      • 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 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
    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
    Trevor Hamelin, AScT     604 582-5275

    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.

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  • Manure Spreading Advisory #1 for 2013: South Coast Region

    Date: February 19, 2013

    • It is acceptable to apply manure on established grasses, fields being seeded within two weeks of application, and berry fields if: ­
      1. T-Sum values are greater than 200, ­
      2. Soil temperature is greater than 5oC, ­
      3. Crop is actively growing (for established crops only), and ­
      4. Expected precipitation and manure applications will not create runoff to surface water, to off field locations, and/or leaching below the root zone. Please check your local weather forecast and see next page for more information.
    • Please 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. • 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 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 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 Geoff Hughes-Games, P.Ag. 604-556-3102
    Lolita Aumuller, A.Ag. 604-556-3098

    For questions of a regulatory nature:
    BC Ministry of Environment George Rushworth, P.Ag. 604-582-5211
    Trevor Hamelin, AScT 604 582-5275

    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 8 meters (26 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. 
     
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