Advisories

  • March UPDATE to Manure Spreading Advisory #1 2015: South Coast Region

    Date: March 2, 2015

    Reminder: It is acceptable to apply manure with certain precautions including a buffer width of 8 meters (26 feet) between the application area and sensitive areas and watercourses including ditches.  Refer to Manure Spreading Advisory #1 of 2015 (Feb 13, 2015) for more information and the complete advisory. The recommended buffer width distance will decrease towards the end of March.

    In December 2013, the Manure Spreading Advisory Committee answered Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) from the public to address questions and misconceptions about manure spreading in the B.C. South Coast. Questions included the following: “Should a farmer spread manure when it is raining?” “Why would one farm be spreading manure and their neighbour not be spreading?” “Why is manure spread repeatedly on the same field in the same year?”

    You can help spread the word about the Manure Spreading FAQ.

    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)

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  • Manure Spreading Advisory #1 for 2015: South Coast Region

    Date: February 13, 2015

    It is acceptable to apply manure on established grasses, fields being seeded within two weeks of application, and berry fields if:

    • T-Sum value in your area is greater than 200*,
    • Soil temperature is greater than 5oC,
    • Crop is actively growing (for established crops only), and
    • Expected precipitation and manure applications will not create nutrient runoff to surface water or leaching below the root zone,
    • Nutrient loss risks are greatest on poorly-drained fields at this time.

    *Please see below for new guidance on interpreting your weather forecast.

    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.

    *T-Sum values as of February 12, 2015 in select locations:


              Abbotsford:  251
    Agassiz: 269
    Comox: 266                    
    North Cowichan: 265
    North Delta: 251               

    Please read the entire advisory for details and important information to assist in the decision-making process for manure application 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 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

    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)

    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 a field of established grasses if all the following apply:
    1. T-Sum value in your area is 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
    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 5 mm of cumulative rain is expected for the 48 hours following application*
    6. *Less than 10 mm of cumulative rain is expected for the 72 hours following application*
    7. The field is not frozen or saturated, subject to flooding or runoff, and it is not tile-drained with the potential for manure to leave the farm

    *new guidance on interpreting your weather forecast

    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 or if nutrient leaching is a concern in sensitive areas such as over unconfined aquifers.

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  • Feburary UPDATE to Manure Spreading Advisory #4 2014: South Coast Region

    Date: February 2, 2015

    In general, manure application on any crops is not advised.  Refer to Manure Spreading Advisory #4 of 2014 (Oct 23, 2014) and the previous Update (January 2, 2015) . We are monitoring weather, soil and crop conditions and will release the next Advisory as conditions improve.

    Planning to spread poultry manure (after conditions become appropriate)? Will you be able to spread uniformly and in a timely way? The spreading equipment and speed determine how effectively poultry litter (PL) is used as a replacement fertilizer (Fig. 1). Find out more in the factsheets from the 2008 UBC studies at http://www.certifiedorganic.bc.ca/contacts/extension.php

     equipment spreading costs

    Figure 1. When tractor ground speed decreases below 4 km/h, spreading costs quickly increase. However, the marginal cost savings decrease as speeds increase above 8 km/h. Source: Poultry Litter Spreading Costs & Replacement Fertilizer Evaluations by Temple, Bomke and Milligan. Reprinted with permission from A.A. Bomke.

    Related factsheet: Poultry Litter as Replacement Fertilizer & Spreader Evaluations by Temple, Bomke and Milligan. Both factsheets are available at http://www.certifiedorganic.bc.ca/contacts/extension.php

    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)

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  • Update to Manure Spreading Advisory #4 2014: South Coast Region

    Date: December 24, 2014 (Replaces Update on January 2, 2015)

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

    Refer to Manure Spreading Advisory #4 of 2014 (Oct 23, 2014) (Advisory #4) or the Ministry of Agriculture (David Poon or Geoff Hughes-Games) for more information. Contact information is below.

    A special reminder about the movement of all poultry manure in the Fraser Valley: It is important that all those people transporting any poultry manure follow the appropriate guidelines and attain the necessary permits. Please note that these guidelines are subject to the regulations as outlined in Appendix M of the Hazard Specific Plan on the Canadian Food Inspection Agency website www.inspection.gc.ca/ai. (Direct link to Appendix M: http://bit.ly/1EfgniJ). These regulations pertain to all movements of poultry manure in the Fraser Valley.

    For more information, including details about the protocol for applying for a manure movement permit, the Ministry of Agriculture contact is Clayton Botkin (phone 604 556-3081; Clayton.Botkin@gov.bc.ca).

    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

    For more information about the restrictions on poultry manure movement, you can contact: Clayton Botkin, P.Ag 604-556-3081

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