February UPDATE to Manure Spreading Advisory #4 2015: South Coast Region

Date: February 1, 2016

Refer to Manure Spreading Advisory #4 of 2015 (November 2, 2015) for the current Advisory: “in general, manure application on any crops is not advised.”

TSum as of Feb 1, 2016 :

  • North Delta 131
  • Langley Central 127
  • Chilliwack n/a*
  • Surrey East 150
  • Abbotsford Airport 120
  • Agassiz 133
    *n/a, data may not be reliable

Watch the T-Sum for your area increase at Farmwest.com. The T-Sum is one factor used to determine appropriate timing for the first manure application on grass fields. More importantly, however, decisions about the first manure application should consider the overall risks of runoff from the field, not just the state of the grasses. On some but not all fields, conditions will be suitable for manure application before T-Sum reaches 200. On other fields, conditions will not be suitable even after T-Sum reaches 200 (e.g. if fields are still saturated from rains).

Learn about the T-Sum: http://www.farmwest.com/node/937

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

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)

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