April UPDATE to Manure Spreading Advisory #1 of 2018: South Coast Region

Refer to Manure Spreading Advisory #1 of 2018 (Mar 16, 2018) for the current Advisory
From the current Advisory:
“It is acceptable to apply manure on established grasses, fields being seeded within two weeks of application, and berry fields IF:
• Expected precipitation and manure applications will NOT create nutrient or pathogen runoff to surface water (by overland flow or through tile drains)*
• T-Sum value in your area is greater than 200,
• Soil temperature is greater than 5°C, and
• Crop is actively growing (for established crops only)”
Manure provides valuable nutrients for crops, but only if it stays in the field.  
• Check the weather before spreading to ensure there is not increased risk of runoff.
• If the forecast calls for more than 12 mm of rain in the 3 days following application, the risk of runoff over land or transport of the applied manure through drainage tiles is increased.

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.


For further information, please contact B.C. Ministry of Agriculture:

Jeff Nimmo, P.Ag.                         604-556-3109

David Poon, P.Ag.                         604-556-3098

For questions of a regulatory nature, please contact the B.C. Ministry of Environment:

To report a spill                          1-800-663-3456

To report pollution                    1-877-952-7277

This Update is produced by government, in partnership with industry, to provide guidance to farmers regarding the Agricultural Waste Control Regulationand 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.

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