WILLMAR, Minn. (AP) — A winter of heavy snowfall and freezing rain is giving way to warming temperatures, rapid melting and a potential for flooding.
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency says that poses challenges for manure management among the more than 25,000 livestock farms across the state. Farmers who spread solid manure on fields over the winter must ensure that it doesn’t run off into ditches, streams and other waters.READ MORE: 5 St. Cloud Bank Employees Unharmed After Hourslong Hostage Ordeal; Ray Reco McNeary In Custody
The agency says manure-contaminated runoff not only threatens water quality, it reduces the value of manure as a crop nutrient.READ MORE: How Much Is A Mother's Work Worth?
If possible, the MPCA says, farmers should refrain from spreading manure during periods of rapid melt. Minnesota rules require a 300-foot setback from surface waters and open tile intakes for all manure spread onto frozen or snow-covered soil.MORE NEWS: COVID Restrictions: Walz To End Capacity Restrictions By May 28, Mask Mandate By July 1
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