State agencies ready to advise on fall manure application
ST. PAUL -- Recognizing Minnesota's unpredictable weather, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and Minnesota Pollution Control Agency officials are developing advice for livestock producers who deal with the impact of wet weather on manure management.
"If livestock producers find themselves in a bind, we really encourage them to seek out our feedlot staff for advice," says Randy Hukriede, an MPCA feedlot program manager. "By working together, we can find the best possible solutions."
While planning for such situations is essential, many tools are readily available to manage livestock manure during adverse conditions. All suitable measures should be used to avoid overflows of liquid manure storage basins, and to keep surface-applied liquid manure outside the 300-foot setback from sensitive features.
After Dec. 1, feedlot owners with a National Pollutant Discharge Eliminations System permit who wish to apply liquid manure to frozen soil must notify their state feedlot program representative. This notice should include an aerial photo that clearly outlines the location of the proposed land application. It is also important to contact your county regarding any local ordinances.
For more information, contact your MPCA regional office -- call 800-657-3864 -- or your county feedlot officer or go to www.pca.state.mn.us/hot/feedlots.