As the ground turns white and the temperatures drop, remember to follow the Senate Bill 1 Manure Application Restrictions! Senate Bill One became effective on July 3, 2015 for the Western Lake Erie Basin (WLEB). The rules are as follows:

Remember NOT to apply manure:

  1. On snow-covered or frozen soil
  2. When the top 2 inches of the soil are saturated from precipitation
  3. When the local weather forecast for the application area contains a greater than a 50% chance of precipitationexceeding one-half inch in a 24-hour period.*
  4. Applicators are responsible for checking and keeping forecast information before application.

*Any source of weather prediction is acceptable.

The above restrictions DO NOT APPLY if:

  1. The manure is injected into the ground
  2. Manure is incorporated with 24 hours of surface application, using a tillage tool operated at a minimum of 3-4 inches deep
  3. The manure is applied onto a growing crop
  4. The chief of the Division of Soil & Water Conservation has provided written consent for an emergency application. Contact the Division in case of an emergency.


Still have questions about Senate Bill One and restrictions regarding applying manure?

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I have enjoyed hunting, fishing, and the outdoors my entire life. My enjoyment of writing, reading, and teaching others leads me to want to share my passions of the environment. I have also found conservation to be very important and I am well aware of how important conservation choices are! Through my work with the District, I like to deliver information that is helpful, inspiring, and challenging for our readers to make even better conservation choices of all our natural resources!

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