MONTPELIER, Vt. - Vermont's winter manure spreading ban ends on April 1.
A press release says Accepted Agricultural Practice Regulations (AAPs) requires all agricultural wastes to be managed in order to prevent adverse affects to water quality.
Officials caution spreading manure due to the snow pack on farm fields.
The Vermont Agency of Agriculture recommends the following:
- If you still have room in your manure pit, wait until snow is off the fields before you spread manure.
- If you must spread manure before snow is off the fields:
- Choose fields that are relatively flat and far away from rivers and streams
- If you must spread on fields near rivers and streams, do not apply manure within 150 feet of the top of the bank
- If you are spreading in fields with ditches, do not apply manure within 150 feet of the ditch
- Do not apply manure within 100 feet of property lines and roads.
- Utilize reduced rates of application.
For questions about the AAPs and how to manage your manure application operations to prevent impacts to water quality, please call the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets at (802)-828-2431.
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