With rain and warm weather in the forecast, the Wisconsin Farm Bureau is asking livestock producers to be careful to avoid manure runoff during the snowmelt. The organization has these recommendations:
• Farmers who haul manure daily from barns or bedded pack facilities should work with local conservation departments to identify spreading sites that have little potential for runoff into surface or groundwater.
• During active snowmelt or when rain is predicted on frozen soils, producers without appropriate areas to spread manure should stack it in an area where the potential for runoff is low.
• Ideally, producers with adequate storage capacity for liquid manure should hold off on spreading until after the high risk period. Those who must spread should use fields away from streams or lakes and with minimal risk of manure running into surface or groundwater. They should also reduce the amount of manure they normall apply per acre.