NOVEMBER Update to Manure Spreading Advisory #5

Update to Manure Spreading Advisory #5 2012: South Coast Region

Date: November 1, 2012

·      Field stored solid agricultural wastes (except agricultural vegetation waste) MUST be COVERED from October 1 to April 1, inclusive.

·      Manure applications are not recommended on any crop, except well established perennial grasses, due to the extreme risk to surface and/or ground water.

·      Manure may be applied to well established perennial grasses if ALL the following apply:

1.    grass is actively growing (mean daily air temperature is above 5oC);

2.    less than 10 mm of rain is forecast for the 5 days following application;

3.    soil is: trafficable, not saturated, not frozen, and not subject to flooding or runoff;

4.    the field is not tile drained; and

5.    only a light application is needed to meet the crop’s nutrient needs.

·      Significant rain events are likely. Please take your local weather forecast into consideration before applying manure.

·      At this time of year, it is recommended that manure not be spread within 10 meters of ditches or watercourses.

·      Consider wind speed and direction when applying manure and how it may have a negative impact on your neighbours. Strong winds can also increase ammonia loss and soil loss through erosion.


See Manure Spreading Advisory #5 – 2012 for more details and important information regarding manure applications.

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.

The Manure Spreading Advisory Committee (consisting of industry and government representatives) is advising against manure applications due to lower temperatures, excessive rain events, and lack of vegetative cover and/or reduced nutrient uptake of cover crops. The committee will monitor weather and soil conditions and will issue further advisories as conditions change.

For further information, please contact:
BC Ministry of Agriculture
Geoff Hughes-Games, P.Ag 604-556-3102
Lolita Aumuller, A.Ag at 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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