Farm Respiratory Hazards
Farm Respiratory Hazards
February 01, 2015

Much of the air that farmers breathe is dirty and sometimes lethal. Farmer's Lung and Organic Dust Toxicity Syndrome (ODTS) are names given to two farm occupational diseases caused by inhaling airborne mold spores.

Much of the air that farmers breathe is dirty and sometimes lethal. Farmer's Lung and Organic Dust Toxicity Syndrome (ODTS) are names given to two farm occupational diseases caused by inhaling airborne mold spores. Silo Unloaders Syndrome is another name for ODTS because the condition often occurs during the unloading or uncapping of silos.

Read more:   Farm Respiratory Hazards

Tractors Require Extra Caution in Winter
Tractors Require Extra Caution in Winter
February 01, 2015

"Tractor operators should change their driving practices to adjust for winter conditions," says George Maher, of the NDSU Extension Service. "Problems and hazards are amplified by ice, snow and cold temperatures." 

"Tractor operators should change their driving practices to adjust for winter conditions," says George Maher, of the NDSU Extension Service. "Problems and hazards are amplified by ice, snow and cold temperatures." 

Read more:  Tractors Require Extra Caution in Winter

2014 AgriStability Interim Application Reminder
2014 AgriStability Interim Application Reminder
February 20, 2015

Click here for 2014 AgriStability Interim Application Reminder.

Click here for 2014 AgriStability Interim Application Reminder.

Manure Spreading Advisory
Manure Spreading Advisory
February 16, 2015

Here is a new spreading advisory. It replaces the last one of 2014. The TSum really soared in the past couple weeks and is (well) above 200 across South Coastal B.C., as you can likely tell from how the grasses look. A stretch of sunny, dry weather is also around the corner. We encourage you to check the weather forecast and conditions on each field before spreading manure.

Here is a new spreading advisory. It replaces the last one of 2014. The TSum really soared in the past couple weeks and is (well) above 200 across South Coastal B.C., as you can likely tell from how the grasses look. A stretch of sunny, dry weather is also around the corner. We encourage you to check the weather forecast and conditions on each field before spreading manure. Read the attached advisory for more information.

 

Note the restriction on poultry manure movement in the Fraser Valley has not been lifted yet (January 2, 2015 Update).

 

Find the advisories and monthly updates here: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/topic.page?id=E69FB642584F4AD7A472D75B9FE8F3FE

February Update: Manure Spreading Advisory
February Update: Manure Spreading Advisory
February 03, 2015

 February's Update in the Manure Spreading Advisories series.

 February's Update in the Manure Spreading Advisories series.

In general, manure application on any crops is not advised at this time.

The update may be of particular interest to growers planning to use poultry
litter as a fertilizer at a later time.  Note the January Update ("A special
reminder about the movement of all poultry manure in the Fraser Valley") is
still current. At this point, it is expected to remain valid for about
another two weeks. See full update here.

Manure Spreading Update for December
Manure Spreading Update for December
December 02, 2014

In general, manure application on any crops is not advised.

In general, manure application on any crops is not advised.

Update your bookmarks: current and previous manure spreading releases (Advisories and Updates) are moving to a new BC Government webpage: http://bit.ly/1vPuMO7. For the next few months, the previous webpage will also work or redirect you to the new page. In addition, you can find the releases at www.farmwest.com and get them by subscribing to a mailing list* or by following BC Nutrient Manager (@BC_Agriculture) on Twitter.

 *Send an email to David.Poon@gov.bc.ca if you want to be included on the Ministry of Agriculture’s mailing list. Producer groups may also have their own mailing lists.


 Note: There was a typo in the November 3 Update. Whereas it was written that the next Advisory, expected to be released in 2015, would be “advising against further manure applications this fall and winter,” it should have been written that the next Advisory would be providing advice on careful manure application as conditions for manure spreading improve on some fields.