Update to Manure Spreading Advisory #1 2014: South Coast Region Date: March 3, 2014
- In general, manure application is not advised this week.
- Cold temperatures and snow or rain over the past weekend have delayed the start of acceptable conditions for manure spreading in most parts of the South Coast.
- Without adequate drainage, finer-textured soils (e.g. clays and loams) are more likely to be wet, have surface runoff, warm up slowly, and be compacted than coarse-textured (sandy) soils, if all else is the same.
- Expect the next Manure Spreading Advisory to be released next week when weather and soil conditions improve.
- See http://www.agf.gov.bc.ca/resmgmt/ManureAdvisory/index.htm for the most current information.
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 further information, please contact: BC Ministry of Agriculture David Poon, P.Ag 604-556-3098 Geoff Hughes-Games, P.Ag 604-556-3102 For questions of a regulatory nature: BC Ministry of Environment George Rushworth, P.Ag 604-582-5211