By: Bob Meyer
With the forecast calling for temperatures over 40 and rain in coming days, Wisconsin agriculture and water quality officials are asking farmers to check the Runoff Risk Advisory Forecast online before spreading manure.
The Runoff Risk Advisory Forecast is available at http://www.manureadvisorysytem.wi.gov/ and is part of the Wisconsin Manure Management Advisory System. The runoff forecast provides maps showing short-term runoff risk for daily application planning, taking into account factors including soil moisture, weather forecast, crop cover, snow cover, and slope. In winter, it gives a 10-day outlook day by day. It is updated three times daily by the National Weather Service.
They encourage farmers to avoid spreading manure during high-risk runoff times. If farmers must spread manure now, they should steer clear of high risk fields and have a spill response plan in place.
Farmers should contact their crop consultants or county land conservation offices for help identifying alternatives to spreading, such as stacking manure away from lakes or rivers, drinking water wells, or area with sinkholes or exposed bedrock. If farmers must spread manure, crop consultants and county conservationists can help identify fields where the risk is lower.
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