Waste Management Updates for Spring 2020

— Written By Eve Honeycutt
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Agriculture is essential! What good news! We knew that already.

With the shutdown of major private industry also came a slow-down in Raleigh at the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services labs. The Division of Water Resources was able to obtain a 90-day waiver on all routine waste samples beginning March 24, 2020. This was done so that the lab could continue to operate with less staff on site. What does the 90-day waiver mean to you? Don’t send in routine waste samples. If you have an urgent matter- such as sludge removal, you CAN send in that sample. Be sure to label urgent samples as Diagnostic instead of Predictive.

So what sample do you use now? 

Since the lab does not want routine samples, the Division of Water Resources developed guidelines for waste samples during this time. You have three options for the next 90 days:

  1. Continue to use your most recent sample.
  2. Go back to March of 2019 and use the sample that was current for that timeframe
  3. Take all of the last 3 years samples and average the N analysis

Soil samples are also ordered to slow down. Do not submit soil samples to NCDA&CS unless you have a problem.

Other labs for sampling:

If you choose to continue your sampling, you can always use a private lab. There are several in North Carolina to choose from. Below are the two closest to our area.

Waters Ag, Warsaw NC- 910-293-2108

Waypoint Analytical, Wilson NC- 252-206-1721

Annual Report Update

In addition to the sampling waivers, the Division of Water Resources has delayed the deadline for filing the 2019 Annual Report to June 1. The Annual Report is a new requirement for ALL swine farms in NC under the general permit. You received a copy of the Annual Report in the envelope with the new permit that was mailed in September of 2019. If you can’t find your copy, contact your Extension agent.

The Annual Report is not complicated, but it does require some math and record review. In order to fill out the report, you’ll need to gather the farm’s waste management plan, your soil samples, and your irrigation records from 2019. You will be totaling the irrigation you applied on the crops from the winter of 2018-19 as well as the crops in the summer of 2019. When you are adding up all the PAN applied, be sure to multiply the PAN applied per acre by the number of acres in each field. This will give you the total PAN applied on each field.

If you need assistance with your Annual Report, please contact your Extension office.