Winter Weather Complicates Manure Application

Licking SWCD encourages all livestock operators to follow best management practices (BMPs) and utilize best available technologies when applying manure.

Problems associated with the application of manure to frozen and/or snow covered ground usually come in the form of polluted runoff finding its way into waterways during thawing conditions.

As with applications of nutrients in any form, priority must be given to protecting the environment, particularly water quality, which can be accomplished by following BMPs outlined in the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Waste Utilization Standard (#633).  If followed, the producer can significantly reduce the risk of pollution problems, but winter application can still be risky.