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Follow Ohio law with winter manure applications

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BEST MANAGEMENT: All Ohio producers are reminded to use best management practices when applying manure and follow USDA NRCS Field Office Technical Guide Standard 590.
Special restrictions apply in Western Lake Erie Basin and Grand Lake St. Marys watershed.

Now into the winter season, the Ohio Department of Agriculture Division of Soil and Water Conservation is reminding producers and nutrient applicators of laws and restrictions on manure application.

Signed into law by Gov. John R. Kasich in July 2015, Ohio Senate Bill 1 clarifies and enhances the restrictions on manure application within the Western Lake Erie Basin.

Application restrictions in the WLEB include:

• On snow-covered or frozen soil.

• When the top 2 inches of the soil are saturated from precipitation.

• When the local weather forecast for the application area contains greater than fifty percent chance of precipitation exceeding one-half inch in a 24-hour period.

— Applicators are responsible for checking and keeping forecast information before application.

— Any source of weather prediction is acceptable.

Restrictions do not apply if:

• The manure is injected into the ground.

• Manure is incorporated with 24 hours of surface application, using a tillage tool operated at a minimum of 3-4 inches deep.

• The manure is applied onto a growing crop.

• The chief of the Division of Soil and Water Conservation has provided written consent for an emergency application. Contact the division in case of an emergency.

Producers in the Grand Lake St. Marys watershed are also reminded of the manure application ban that started on Dec. 15. Producers and manure applicators shall not apply manure between Dec. 15 and March 1. Producers are also banned from surface applying manure on frozen ground or ground covered with more than 1” of snow outside of the Dec. 15 and March 1 dates.

Producers in other areas of the state are reminded to use best management practices when applying manure and follow USDA NRCS Field Office Technical Guide Standard 590.

For more information about manure application, producers and applicators can contact the ODA Division of Soil and Water Conservation at 614-265-6610 or

Source: ODA

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