MAY Update to Manure Spreading Advisory #3

 Date: May 1, 2012


The following 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.



Check your local weather forecast and field conditions when planning to spread and refer to Manure Spreading Advisory #3 (April 2, 2012) for details. Advisories and Updates can be found online at:,, and


Manure is an excellent fertilizer source if management properly. Plan manure use throughout the growing season to meet crop nutrient uptake patterns and to keep pits empty before the start of the rainy season. Have a look at the corn and grass growth curves on pages 25 and 26 of the Nutrient Management Reference Guide at


It is recommended that manure not be spread within a minimum of 3 meters from dry ditches and watercourses or 5 meters from wet ditches and watercourses during the summer months.


Also, to avoid food safety concerns, do not spread manure on berry fields between flowering and harvest or on vegetable fields after planting.


**The Berry Production Guide is now online at:

Please note that the April 2, 2012 Manure Spreading Advisory listed an incorrect link.


For further information, please contact:

BC Ministry of Agriculture

Geoff Hughes-Games, PAg        604-556-3102

Lolita Aumuller, AAg                     604-556-3098


For questions of a regulatory nature:

BC Ministry of Environment

George Rushworth, PAg              604-582-5211

Trevor Hamelin, AScT                 604 582-5275

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