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OCTOBER Update to Manure Spreading Advisory #3 of 2018: South Coast Region

For the past two years, significant rainfall started by mid-October in the Fraser Valley, above the long term average (see Figure 1 below). Forecasts may provide some indication as to what can be expected this year, better to plan and be prepared in advance of the rainy season when manure applications are not recommended.

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Video of a cow using a mechanical brush

This video shows a cow pushing open a weighted gate to get access to a mechanical brush during an experiment conducted at the UBC Dairy Eduction and Research Centre in Agassiz, Canada. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DAAvnPFAEz0

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Manure Spreading Advisory #3 for 2018: South Coast Region

Date: September 1, 2018
  • Perennial grasses continue to benefit from fall manure applications when applied to meet crop nutrient needs.
  • Manure applications for cover crops and newly seeded grasses should be based on a soil test and only applied if the cover crop will become well established to uptake nutrients prior to the end of the growing season. Manure applications on harvested or fallow fields are not recommended.

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

Considerations for spreading manure during warm weather: When spreading manure during the summer, it is important to consider the impact of high temperatures on nitrogen (N) loss from manure. Volatilization of ammonia during and shortly after application is greatly increased when temperatures are high. Several other factors including manure composition, time to incorporation, wind, soil pH and moisture, and application method will impact ammonia loss as well. Losing ammonia from manure is a direct loss of its fertilizer value and should be considered when planning application timing and calculating manure’s contribution to crop N requirements. Spreading manure when temperatures are above 25°C can result in a loss of 50% of the ammonia N within three hours of application.

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AgSafe launches new COR Self-Assessment website for B.C.'s agriculture industry (May 2018)

AgSafe has launched a new free safety self-assessment web tool for B.C.’s agriculture organizations and other naturally aligned industries. 

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B.C. Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy's letter to federal counterpart

George Heyman, B.C. Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, has sent the following letter to his federal counterpart, Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change.

Heyman’s letter, in response to correspondence received from McKenna on April 26, 2018, can be viewed here: https://news.gov.bc.ca/files/316322_McKenna_FINAL_SIGNED.PDF

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Manure Spreading Advisory #2 for 2018: South Coast Region

  • Well planned manure applications are acceptable on most fields that are seeded, will be seeded within two weeks, and/or well-established grasses. 
  • Avoid manure applications on wet fields and/or saturated soils.
  • It is the producer’s responsibility to apply manure in a manner that will not create runoff to surface water, to off field locations, and/or leaching below the root zone
  • Do not apply manure prior to significant rain events. 

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No PFCA Silage Corn Testing this year

The Pacific Field Corn Association’s Corn Hybrid Trials will not be undertaken in 2018. The Agricultural Research and Development Center in Agassiz is not willing to renew the 30-year-old co-operative framework for access to its facility and use of the necessary equipment to undertake the testing program. Since there are no other freezing, grinding and drying facilities that can be efficiently utilized by the staff, the PFCA has no other alternative but to discontinue to offer the silage corn testing program.

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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,

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