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
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)