OH farmers reminded of winter manure application rules

Ohio Department of Agriculture
December 12, 2017
By Ohio Department of Agriculture
December 12, 2017, Reynoldsburg, OH – With the winter season upon us, the Ohio Department of Agriculture Division of Soil and Water Conservation would like to remind producers and nutrient applicators of laws and restrictions on manure application.

Signed into law in July 2015, Ohio Senate Bill 1 clarifies and enhances the restrictions on manure application within the Western Lake Erie Basin (WLEB).

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 starts on December 15. Producers and manure applicators shall not apply manure between December 15 and March 1. Producers are also banned from surface applying manure on frozen ground or ground covered with more than one-inch of snow outside of the December 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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Add comment


Security code
Refresh

Subscription Centre

 
New Subscription
 
Already a Subscriber
 
Customer Service
 
View Digital Magazine Renew

Most Popular

Latest Events

Composting Animal Mortalities Webinar
Wed Sep 26, 2018 @ 2:00pm - 03:00pm
World Dairy Expo 2018
Tue Oct 02, 2018 @ 8:00am - 05:00pm
Manure Pit Death: A preventable tragedy Webinar
Fri Oct 19, 2018 @ 2:30am - 03:30pm
2019 Dakota Farm Show
Thu Jan 03, 2019 @ 8:00am - 05:00pm
2019 Iowa Pork Congress
Wed Jan 23, 2019 @ 8:00am - 05:00pm
2019 Southern Farm Show
Wed Jan 30, 2019 @ 8:00am - 05:00pm

We are using cookies to give you the best experience on our website. By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. To find out more, read our Privacy Policy.