Refer to Manure Spreading Advisory #3 of 2015 (September 1, 2015) for the current Advisory. The following Update does not change the Advisory.
“Manure application on perennial grasses is usually appropriate as long as crop growth and warmer weather patterns (greater than 5°C) continue; fields are trafficable; and precipitation does not create runoff” (Manure Spreading Advisory #3 of 2015).
In 2014 and 2012, significant rainfall started by mid-October in the Fraser Valley. Monthly rainfall was above the long-term average in those years (Fig. 1). What’s in store for October this year? Only time will tell, but weather forecasts are a good tool. As usual, soil moisture conditions, crop cover, and weather forecasts will factor into deciding when the final Manure Spreading Advisory of 2015 will be released.
Figure 1. Cumulative rainfall in October of different years, recorded at the Abbotsford airport.
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
Geoff Hughes-Games, P.Ag 604-556-3102
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)