Date: July 3, 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. Applying manure 5 days before significant rainfall events is not recommended.
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.
Manure is an excellent fertilizer source if managed 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. Consider the corn and grass growth curves on pages 25 and 26 of the Nutrient Management Reference Guide at http://www.agf.gov.bc.ca/resmgmt/EnviroFarmPlanning/EFP_Nutrient_Guide/N....
Advisories and Updates can be found online at: http://www.agf.gov.bc.ca/resmgmt/ManureAdvisory/index.htm, http://www.farmwest.com/advisories, and http://bcmilkproducers.ca//events/details/manure_spreading_advisory_21.
Also, to avoid food safety concerns, do not spread manure on berry fields between flowering and harvest or on vegetable fields after planting.
Need assistance with irrigation scheduling? Check out the Agricultural Irrigation Scheduling Calculator at http://www.irrigationbc.com/ (sign-up required).
Irrigating at the right time and in the right amount can save you money in water and fertilizer costs.
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