May UPDATE to Manure Spreading Advisory #2 of 2018: South Coast Region

Date: May 3, 2018

Refer to Manure Spreading Advisory #2 of 2018 (April 23, 2018) for the current Advisory.  The following Update does not change the Advisory.  

From the current Advisory:

Well planned manure applications are acceptable on most fields that are seeded, will be seeded within two weeks, and/or well-established grasses.”

 The Canada Good Agricultural Practices outline how to apply manure to food crops and minimizes risk from pathogens:

  • Incorporate manure into the soil within 24 hours to minimize contamination to adjacent crops from wind drift or run-off. 
  • Take precautions when using untreated or partially treated manure (for example, aged) on fruits and vegetables that can be consumed raw or with minimal processing. For example:
    • For crops that are not eaten raw or where the manure does not come into contact with the edible part: apply manure when the time between application and harvest is greater than three months.
    • For crops that can be eaten raw and where the manure can come into contact with the edible part: apply manure when the time between application and harvest is greater than four months.
    • In non-fruiting years for perennial crops: apply manure when the application is not in the year of harvest.


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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